This Single Feather of Auspicious Light – Old Chinese Painting and Calligraphy

Author: Paul Moss

10 x 13.75", 4 Volumes, 1364 pages, 730 colour illustrations with fold outs; 3 Volumes at 13.75 x 20", fully illustrated in colour, cloth bound, stamped black lettering, all packed in a beige texture cloth clamshell style box 14.75 x 21.5", London, 2010

Design and Production:C A Design

An extraordinary publication which took six years is truly the largest, densest art dealer's catalogue ever, weighing in at 26.5 kg or 58.5 lbs, including protective packaging. The reason for its extraordinary, ambitious scale is that every small and medium-sized work of old Chinese painting and calligraphy is illustrated lifesize and, in the case of at least more important handscrolls, in the format in which they were created. For large hanging scrolls we have been obliged to fall back on the time-honored approach of blown-up detail photographs, but almost without exception handscrolls, albums and fans are reproduced to actual scale and are virtually perfect for color and tone. That is the reason it has taken so long and ends up so big.

These volumes are more or less a coherent survey of nearly all types of Ming and Ch'ing dynasty painting and calligraphy. It also incorporates a few Ming fans of considerably high quality and great beauty.

The 3 individual folios portray the works of:

•Sun Ch'eng-Tse (1592 or 1593-1676)
•Lan Ying (1585-1660's)
•Hsu Lin (1462-1538)