The short vertical neck is decorated with a key motif repeat. The shoulders are decorated with a tapered lappet device repeat. The open large scale decoration features two mythical kylin in a suggested landscape of mountains. The opposing side depicts a moonlit valley with assorted foliage and stylized clouds. The base is unglazed with turning marks and discolored with good evidence of age.
Inscription of artist: 1596, Spring. After Shen Chou's brush. Presented to the venerable Wen-wêng for enjoyment and criticism. Ch'en Huan. (Pin-shen ch'un-jih fang Shih-t'ien lao-jen pi. Wen-wêng lao-hsien-sheng ts'an-cheng. Ch'en Huan.) Seal of artist: Tzu-wen. Additional inscriptions and seals: Chang Chin-fang (chin-shih in 1765 or in 1789): Yao-fang chien-shang. Unidentified: Huai-hsin-chai chen-ts'ang-yin. Unidentified label (20th century ?): "Boating on the Autumn River," a genuine work by the Ming artist. Ch'en Huan. Painted in 1596. Formerly in the collection of Chang Chin-fang of the Ch'ing Dynasty.
A lone boatman appears from behing the rocks, looking forward. Above him and slightl foregrounded arches a tree, and behind him lay a series of trees and rocks. Black dots are used to accent the rocks, and repeating patterns indicate leaves on trees. Red seals are in the lower left and lower right corners, and a third is at the end of the block of calligraphic text at top right.
As the artist states in his inscription, in this work he is emulating the late fifteenth–early sixteenth century Wu School master Shen Zhou (1427–1509), who named his studio “Stone Field.” The dark ink dots and brushstrokes of the rocks and trees, and the calligraphy of the inscription, are strikingly similar to Shen Zhou’s style.
Inscription: In the spring of 1596, painted in the style of Old Man Stone Field, and presented to the venerable Mr. Wen for his enjoyment and comment. Chen Huan Two collectors’ seals
Inscription of artist: Playfully painted by Ch'en Tsun at the Treasure Ink Studio on the 15th day of the 12th month, 1612. (Wan-li jen-tzu la-yüeh wang-jih hsi-tso yü Pao-mo chai Ju-hsün-fu Ch'en Tsun) Seals of artist: Ch'en Tsun ssu-yin, Ch'en Ju-hsün shih.
In this painting a well-fed cat nestles contentedly among the grass and flowers, relaxing on the bank of a stream.
In this charming example of bird and flower painting, the animated cat, comfortably ensconced, gazes directly out at the viewer.
Rejecting detailed realism, Chen Zun freely paints the cat in light, lively brushstrokes, making effective use of the white space of the paper. Rocks, flowers, and grasses are skillfully depicted in different tonalities of monochrome ink.