Poem in cursive script

Artist: Wang Wen (1497-1576)
Historical period(s)
Ming dynasty, mid 16th century
Ink on gold-flecked paper
H x W: 18.8 x 50.8 cm (7 3/8 x 20 in)
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Freer Gallery of Art Collection
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Album, Calligraphy

Fan (mounted as album leaf)

China, cursive script, Ming dynasty (1368 - 1644)

Collection of Norman Sparnon. [1]

Wang Fangyu, Short Hills, New Jersey, purchased at auction, “Fine Chinese Paintings,” Sotheby’s, New York, June 1, 1988, lot no. 26, “Calligraphy in Cao Shu”. [2]

From 1988
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Wang Fangyu, Short Hills, New Jersey. [3]


[1] Undated folder sheet note 2, object file, Collections Management Office. See Sotheby’s New York auction catalog, “Fine Chinese Paintings”, Sale 5723, June 1, 1988, lot no. 26. At the time of Sotheby's sale, the scroll was part of the property from the Norman Sparnon Collection.

[2] See note 1.

[3] Undated folder sheet note 1, object file, Collections Management Office. Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List after 1920 file, Collections Management Office.

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

Norman Sparnon
Wang Fangyu 1913-1997

Published References
  • Sotheby's (New York). Fine Chinese Paintings. sale #5723 New York, June 1, 1988. lot 26.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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