Gui Zhi

(China late 19th century – early 20th century)

couplet in seal script

Location
Not on display
Further information

This couple describes a romantic scene of tranquility by using phrases such as ‘qingfeng’ [cool wind], ‘youmeng’ [remote dream], ‘mingyue’[bright moon], which are all popular in classic Chinese poetry.

The fourteen characters were written in “lesser seal” script. A typical feature of this script is the uniformity of size and shape of each character. The brush strokes are round and have a supple quality. The evenness demonstrates painstaking execution.

Gui Zhi, GuiDian's brother, was born into a family of scholar-officials, which emphasized the traditional literati training of composing poems and prose, calligraphy and painting – the three perfections of Chinese art. Gui Zhi became a diplomat for the Republic of China in 1912, and served as consul and consul general in New Zealand, the Philippines, Borneo and Australia.

Place of origin
China
Hong Kong
Year
early 20th century
Media
Calligraphy
Medium
ink on paper
Dimensions
a - right panel, 126 x 21.2 cm, image
a - right panel, 131.8 x 32.5 cm, overall
b - left panel, 126 x 21.2 cm, image
b - left panel, 131.8 x 32.5 cm, overall
Signature & date

Signed c.l. part b, in Chinese, inscribed in black ink "Dong Yuan, Gui Zhi",
Signed l.l. part b, in Chinese, stamped in red "Dong Yuan",
Signed l.l, part b, in Chinese, stamped in red "Gui Zhi" [need to be confirmed once clear image is available]
Not dated.

Credit
Gift of Helen Suk-yue Wheeler in memory of her parents Li Tung and Fung Ching-fai
Accession number
181.2019.a-b