I've inherited a Chinese cloth painting from my ancestors. I'd be grateful if you could help me know more about the artwork through the signature and seal.


(Full artwork)

  • Well, my best guess is 歡敬 - I'll let more expert people answer.
    – dROOOze
    Apr 24 '19 at 12:56
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    It seems like 名家 to me.
    – Tang Ho
    Apr 24 '19 at 17:45
  • @blackgreen @user3306356♦ as per this meta post, we have currently decided to make an exception for these kinds of questions. Let's be consistent in our policies - voice your opposition there to allowing these kinds of questions to be posted without effort if you have strong opinions on the matter.
    – dROOOze
    Jun 22 '20 at 12:33
  • @dROOOze Yeah, I just figured this one was past its sell by when it showed up on the queue.
    – Mou某
    Jun 22 '20 at 21:21

Starting from the seal script, the left character is either 歡 enter image description here or 觀 enter image description here (from 趙孟頫 as well). I can't guess which one because the top-right part is blurred. As for the right-hand side one, I don't know much, but I'd say that there is either the radical 羽 which looks like enter image description here or enter image description here, or the radical 羊 enter image description here (趙孟頫) (if we don't consider the seal's border as an integral part) in seal script. I can't identify the component between them so that the whole character makes sense to me, but @dROOOze's guess looks like the most meaningful (歡敬): enter image description here. However, the lack of the right-hand side component 攵 of 敬 in the picture makes me doubtful.

Concerning the cursive script above, I agree with @Asule's answer which is justifiable: 觀enter image description hereenter image description here (趙孟頫).


They are "观我", which means "look at me". My grandfather is a professional calligrapher. He writes lots of different works. And I learned a lot from him. Thank you.

  • "Appreciate" is a more accurate translation than "look at" for "观".
    – Asule
    May 10 '20 at 3:06

It could be 茗家, seems to me that there is something above the 名

As for the seal, my best bet is 歡都. There are many parts that are not really clear or overlap so I'm not too sure for that

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