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Really Hoping someone can Translate this Old Chinese Painting Poem and Seal into English for me.

edited, picture added.

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  • the poem is translated. sorry that i can't reproduce the rhyme in english, nor the verses are in "harmony" in english. – 水巷孑蠻 Aug 21 '18 at 13:07
  • btw, my casual search: there's a painter named "何濂" in 明 dynasty. then, there're two painting "荷鸭图", with painter "何廉" artso.artron.net/auction/search_auction.php?keyword=何廉 – 水巷孑蠻 Aug 21 '18 at 13:17
  • @水巷孑蠻 Oh It's exactly the same! – Toosky Hierot Aug 21 '18 at 16:52
  • @TooskyHierot, not exactly, these two were signed "何廉", with different seals. btw, what do you think about the character of "浴", i'm still not 100% certain; any idea? – 水巷孑蠻 Aug 21 '18 at 18:25
  • @水巷孑蠻 the character might be a variant writing of 落. See dict.variants.moe.edu.tw/variants/rbt/… – droooze Aug 21 '18 at 21:22
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the text, with my best guess:

水殿亭¹亭荷 飛鳧浴³晚波 香

凮²吹不斷 時送采蓮歌 為

兆南五兄大人雅正之

丁酉冬月石泉何濂畫

¹the actual character is a variant (u+20158), i guess most os, app can't display it correctly. have a look of this page:

http://chardb.iis.sinica.edu.tw/char/28048

²凮 (u+51ee) is a variant of 風 (u+98a8)

³浴 is my guess only, might be wrong :(

edited, here's an variant adjusted, character "浴" assumed, interpretation of the poem:

水殿亭亭荷

[near] a building at the shore (水殿), [growing] nobly and honestly (亭亭) [are] lotus flowers (荷)

飛鳧浴晚波

wild ducks (飛鳧) are bathing (浴) in the evening (晚) ripple (波)

香風吹不斷

[lotus] scented (香) breeze (風) is blowing (吹) non stop ((不斷)

時送采蓮歌

occasionally (時), [the breeze] is carrying (送) [the sound of] the song of harvesting lotus root (采蓮歌)

[pending] for (為) fifth brother (五兄) who named "兆南"'s comment / criticism (雅正)

"大人" is a courteous title added to "兄"

"雅正" is a courteous term for "begging for other's comment" (懇求他人指正)

http://dict.revised.moe.edu.tw/cgi-bin/cbdic/gsweb.cgi?o=dcbdic&searchid=Z00000152166

"之" referred back to the painting and poem.

"丁酉" is one of the sexagenary cycle, for indicating year, it would be 2017-60i (i is any integer)

2017 - 0%, 1957, or earlier, are more likely.

"冬月" means eleventh month of lunar calendar

http://dict.revised.moe.edu.tw/cgi-bin/cbdic/gsweb.cgi?o=dcbdic&searchid=Z00000048678

now, the trickier part: 石泉何濂畫

"石泉" i would interpret as "石泉縣", a small county in 陝西

https://zh.wikipedia.org/zh-hk/石泉县

cause, in the past, it's common to declare one's ancestral home (籍貫) before one's name. and, it's very unlikely that one would write his given name / courtesy name before his surname.

"何濂" is the author of the painting and poem, with "何" as surname, "濂" as given / courtesy name.

畫 means "draw / paint"

the seal is

石何
泉印

http://humanum.arts.cuhk.edu.hk/Lexis/lexi-mf/search.php?word=石

http://humanum.arts.cuhk.edu.hk/Lexis/lexi-mf/search.php?word=泉

http://humanum.arts.cuhk.edu.hk/Lexis/lexi-mf/search.php?word=何

http://humanum.arts.cuhk.edu.hk/Lexis/lexi-mf/search.php?word=印

have fun :)

  • REALLY Appreciate your Big help on the Translation! I will Copy it to Google Translator and see what I come up with. I was going to put a Picture of the Painting up also but it would just erase the first Picture. Very fine old painting I am hoping is from a well known artist! Thank You again for your Excellent Help! Sincerely, Gary K – Gary Knudtzon Aug 20 '18 at 22:54
  • Is there an actual Date on this Painting? I have the Artist Name "He Lian" but really would like a Date Translation, is that Possible? Thanks Again for your Help! Gary K – Gary Knudtzon Aug 20 '18 at 23:56
  • date translation? no way. unless you know the birth & death of the painter; then, one might guess it :) sincerely, i would suggest you contact christie's, or sotheby's; their hong kong office should be glad to identify this artefact. – 水巷孑蠻 Aug 21 '18 at 2:50
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    forget the google translator, it can't deal with literary chinese :( please wait, i'll try to "translate" the poem, maybe this evening :) – 水巷孑蠻 Aug 21 '18 at 2:52

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