Awaiting the Ferry at an Autumn River

Artist: Forgery of Sheng Mou 盛懋 (ca. 1310-1360) Tan Jing (forger) (1911-1991)
Historical period(s)
Modern period, late 1947-early 1948
Ink on paper
H x W (image): 114.8 x 47.9 cm (45 3/16 x 18 7/8 in)
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view

Hanging scroll (mounted on panel)

autumn, China, forgery, landscape, Modern period (1912 - present), river, water

From at least 1953 to 1954
C. C. Wang (1907-2003), New York, from at least February 2, 1953 [1]

From 1954
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased through Warren E. Cox & Associates, New York from C. C. Wang in February 1954 [2]


[1] The painting was delivered to the Freer Gallery by Warren E. Cox, acting on behalf of C. C. Wang, on February 2, 1953, see “Chinese Paintings taken to the Freer Gallery of Art” list, dated February 2, 1953, copy in object file. The painting belongs to a group of copies made in the late 1940's by Tan Jing (1911-1991), a well-established Shanghai collector. The original painting is in the collection of the Shanghai Museum, see Xie Zhiliu, Tang, Wu dai, Song, Yuan ming ji (Shanghai, 1957), no. 29, pl. 100. See also Wen Fong, “The Problem of Forgeries in Chinese Painting: Part One,” Artibus Asiae vol. 25, no. 2/3 (1962), p. 110.

[2] See Warren E. Cox & Associates’ s invoice, dated February 12, 1954.

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

Warren E. Cox & Associates, Inc.
C.C. Wang China, 1907-2003; active United States

Published References
  • Suzuki Kei. Chugoku kaiga sogo zuroku [Comprehensive Illustrated Catalog of Chinese Painting]. 5 vols., Tokyo, 1982-1983. vol. 1: p. 258.
  • Wen C. Fong. The Problems of Forgeries in Chinese Painting, pt. 1. vol. XXV Washington and Zurich. p. 110.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Whistler's Neighborhood
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