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I inherited these pictures from my grandmother who bought them in China in 1980-81. I have had a difficult time trying to translate the red artist signature seals. I have tried image translator app, I looked on several different Asian artists signature websites and poured through pictures to try and find something similar. Pleco wasn't as helpful as I had hoped. I also tried ibiblio.org, which alerted me to the fact that the red deal was in fact a signature. I would also love to know the translation of the rest of the characters that are written on each one. I really want to have a clear understanding of what I've got and after 3 hours of searching I am no closer. I am just starting to learn about this so for now, the simpler the explanation the better. Please help!!!

Chinese Etching

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Chinese Silk Embroidery Panel

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Chinese Silk embroidery Panel

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  • Thank you! Is there an English translation for the family name? – Sarah Robinson Oct 3 '18 at 10:45
  • You can check Wiktionary. – droooze Oct 3 '18 at 10:46
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i agreed with @droooze that, the 2nd & 3rd seal is "湘綉":

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

綉 (u+7d89) is a variant of 繡 (u+7d61), which means embroider

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

then, the 1st seal, i recognised it as "石氏"

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=氏

in which "石" is the surname, matched the "writer"'s name "石鍾璵"

the text of the 2nd picture is "活潑玲瓏", roughly vivacious & exquisite

the text of the 3rd picture is "活潑天真", roughly lively & artless

need to explain text of the first one?

have fun :)

  • Ahh..石..my mistake – droooze Oct 3 '18 at 13:10
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    frankly, i'm astonished to read your suggestion of "弘" ^ o ^ – 水巷孑蠻 Oct 3 '18 at 13:39
  • Yes! Plz explain the 1st one. I've have researched til my eyes are broken to try and figure out exactly who the artist is on the 1st one. Thank you!!! – Sarah Robinson Oct 4 '18 at 7:35
  • So on the first one the characters in English mean ShiShi...does that mean anything as far as artist go? – Sarah Robinson Oct 4 '18 at 7:40
  • Is the artist Shi Zhongyu?? – Sarah Robinson Oct 4 '18 at 7:54

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