The seal represents an imperial dragon in red porfido stone. On the lateral of the base, it seems that is written "Year of the dragon, Hu Zhengyan", the 1584-1674, printer, artist and seals carver.

  1. On the base of the seal is in the "Small Seal Script", imperial red background. That I do not know how to decipher. It should be the name of the nobleman to whom the seal was carved for signature.

I would like to know what it says.

small script seal writing

Many thanks in advance Aurelio

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It is a seal, you have to flip the image to see the correct text

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桐 = 桐樹 (tung tree)

雨 = rain

樓 = building

桐雨樓 /Tóng yǔ lóu/: Mansion Tung and Rain


I did a search and now I think 桐雨樓 may not be a building but an artist's or an art house's name. It is more likely for a person or organization to have a seal instead of a building having one

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桐雨樓 should be transliterated as Tong Yu Lou /Tóng yǔ lóu/

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  • Thank you Tang. You are right, in seals you have to use the mirror image. Tung is the oil tree. So in theory, it is the seal of a nobiliary family mansion or has another meaning in chinese culture?.
    – Aurelio RZ
    Dec 22, 2021 at 10:26
  • Dear Tang, Mansion Tung and Rain: it is the seal of a nobiliary family mansion or has another meaning in chinese culture? Thanks in advance.
    – Aurelio RZ
    Dec 23, 2021 at 11:08
  • @Aurelio RZ see my edition
    – Tang Ho
    Dec 23, 2021 at 11:24
  • We have: 庚辰年 胡正言 Geng Chennian Hu Zhengyan: Year of Dragon, Hu Zhengyan. The seal says: 桐雨樓 /Tóng yǔ lóu/: Mansion Tung and Rain. The famous printer, artist and seal carver Hu Zhengyan made this seal for the “Mansion Tung & Rain” in 1640. He was at the end of the Tang Dynasty and Beginning of Qing. We found as well the seal at ARTFOX Auction House, with the same “Mansion Tung & Rain” seal, in Shoushan stone (which seems to be the same in ours), by Xi Gang (1746-1803), seals craver, calligraph and painter by the Qing Dynasty. What is “Mansion Tung & Rain”?
    – Aurelio RZ
    Dec 30, 2021 at 10:19

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