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
    Commented Apr 24, 2019 at 12:56
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    It seems like 名家 to me.
    – Tang Ho
    Commented Apr 24, 2019 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
    Commented Jun 22, 2020 at 12:33
  • @dROOOze Yeah, I just figured this one was past its sell by when it showed up on the queue.
    – Mou某
    Commented Jun 22, 2020 at 21:21

4 Answers 4


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
    Commented May 10, 2020 at 3:06

It could be 茗家. It 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.


The "signature" is 观我 guan1 wo3; the seal is 昨观 zuo2 guan1. However, both of them does not tell anything about the identity of the artist.

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