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? Commented Oct 3, 2018 at 10:45
  • You can check Wiktionary.
    – dROOOze
    Commented Oct 3, 2018 at 10:46

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i agreed with @droooze that, the 2nd & 3rd seal is "湘綉":


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


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



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
    Commented Oct 3, 2018 at 13:10
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    frankly, i'm astonished to read your suggestion of "弘" ^ o ^ Commented Oct 3, 2018 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!!! Commented Oct 4, 2018 at 7:35
  • So on the first one the characters in English mean ShiShi...does that mean anything as far as artist go? Commented Oct 4, 2018 at 7:40
  • Is the artist Shi Zhongyu?? Commented Oct 4, 2018 at 7:54

图1:应该是一副画上的题字,原文有些不太清楚,个别字我辨识不出。 意思是:这幅图的名字叫踏雪寻梅,画与甲申十年三月下旬,为一个号玉壶山人的老人贺寿,画的作者是这个老人的侄子。

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