Amorous Meeting in a Room Interior

Artist: Formerly attributed to Zhou Wenju (傳)周文矩 (active mid-10th century)
Historical period(s)
Qing dynasty, late 18th century
Ink and color on silk
H x W (image): 198.5 x 130.6 cm (78 1/8 x 51 7/16 in)
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view

Hanging scroll (mounted on panel)

China, citron, lovers, orchid, Qing dynasty (1644 - 1911), woman

To 1916
You Xiaoxi, Shanghai, to 1916 [1]

From 1916 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from You Xiaoxi, in New York in 1916 [2]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]


[1] See Original Kakemono and Makimono List, L. 1116, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. See also, Seaouke Yue Catalogue, 1916, No. 54.

[2] See note 1.

[3] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919
You Xiaoxi (C.L. Freer source) late 19th-early 20th century

Published References
  • Sooa McCormick. The Korean Collection of the Cleveland Museum of Art. Seoul, Republc of Korea, November 15, 2021. pg 311, fig 11.
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  • Benjamin March. Linear perspective in Chinese painting. vol. 3 Philadelphia. pp. 112-139, pl. 72.
  • Simon Kwan, Lu Xinyuan, Christina Chu. Brush and Clay: Chinese Porcelain of the Early Twentieth Century. Exh. cat. Hong Kong. p. 123.
  • Jonathan Spence. The Search for Modern China. New York. pp. 132-133.
  • James Cahill. Pictures for Use and Pleasure: Vernacular Painting in High Qing China. Berkeley and Los Angeles. pp. 150-151, fig. 5.1.
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Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
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