SHEN QUAN, attributed to
(1682- after 1760)
Birds and flowers
Ink and colours on silk, cm 214 x 315
Signed “Nanpin Shen Quan” (南蘋沈銓) with three seals.
Dated to 1746 (乾隆丙 寅 秋 七 月 既 …, “Qianlong bing yin qiu qi yue ji …”, “Made in autumn, the seventh month of the third year of the sexagenary cycle during the reign of Qianlong emperor”), applied on wooden panels.
Provenance: the property of a gentleman
Born in Deqing, Zhejiang province, Shen Quan was specialized in ‘birds and flowers’ painting. His style was influenced by the Ming painters Bian Jingzhao and Lu Ji. Officially invited to Japan by a healthy patron in 1731, in the archipelago he founded a school with many disciples. He came back to China in 1733, continuing to send his paintings to Japan. His works are in important museums all around the world, such as the the Palace Museum in Beijing.