Two men stand side by side in this portrait, both dressed in suits. One man faces front-center while the other is shown via his profile. Their eyes are not painted but their brows appear furrowed. Above the men reads "Paleologue et Demange" or "Paleologue and Demange". Paleologue gave testimony during Dreyfus' court case and Demange was one of Dreyfus' defence lawyers.
A woman in motion walking towards the left. She is wearing a very full skirt that is flowing behind her. Her right arm is raised up while the left arm is on her thigh holding her dress. She is wearing an elaborate hat.
Rama and Lakshmana sit under a tree with the King of the monkeys, surrounded by monkeys. Some monkeys have taken to flight in the upper corners of the drawing. With a few deft strokes the artist conveys the swiftly changing emotions of the moment, as the monkeys respond with astonishment, empathy, and action to Rama’s pleas.
In this drawing for a scene from the Ramayana, the hero Rama and his brother Lakshmana are seen entreating Sugriva, king of a divine tribe of monkeys, for aid. The brothers had searched in vain for Sita, Rama’s beloved wife, after she had been abducted from their forest hermitage. While they are conferring, several monkeys of Sugriva’s divine tribe take to the skies, eager to begin the search.
Multicolored silk with gold and silver threads, woven in T-paper (sayagata) pattern
Zôri are flat sandals, similar in form to flip-flops, commonly worn with traditional Japanese clothing. Zôri styles can range from casual to formal, and a pair covered in woven material like this would have been very elegant.
Both Shen Meisou and Zhu Zumou had been scholar-official for the late Qing government. What Zhu Zumou inscribed is a colophon he wrote for his brother’s painting; Shen Meisou inscribed in standard script (Kaishu) on the other side of the fan two poems his friend had come across.
This folding fan involves work of three artists. Shen Meisou(1850-1922) and Zhu Zumou (1857-1931) each inscribed on one side of the fan, and another artist who did not sign his full name designed and carved on the two cover bamboo ribs of the folding fan. The practice of carving on bamboo in China flourished in the Ming and Qing dynasty and carving on thin bamboo ribs of the fan was rare before Qing dynasty. The inscription on the bamboo also suggests that the carving is in the style of a famous Qing dynasty carver Yang Longshi (1781-1850). On one bamboo rib there is a design in the shape of Chinese scepter symbolizing good fortune and in the “handle” of the scepter there carved “You will be a high official”. The folding fan may be a commodity in the market sought after for gift giving or by people who wish themselves promoted.
signed, dated and with the "Bleak Beauty" stamp on verso
27.94 x 35.56 cm (11 x 14 in.)
A city street scene, one man, up close, with a titled head and wearing a hat. Another man is walking across the street. There are cars parked along the street and there are is a group of men seated on the far corner.
annotated "Girl don't know / Hershel Seymore" verso
7.62 cm x 12.7 cm (3 in. x 5 in.)
Photograph of a couple from the chest up. Both are smiling. The man wears a fedora at an angle, tilted up to his left. The man is to the woman's right and has his left arm around her. She wears a light colored dress with thin dark vertical stripes.
The obi is made of plain silk, on which beige and brown stripes are pattern-dyed. Scrolls of exotic flowers and leaves are hand painted with orange and black color, and embroidered with metallic threads. These plant designs are located on two parts of the obi; when wearing, one will appear in front, and other will appear on the back bow. There is a hand-painted artist’s seal of Chinese character “moon” on one end of the obi.
Scroll of flower and foliage design is traditionally called “hana karakusa” (Chinese plants with flowers) and has numerous variations. Usually, the flowers in this type are not actual plants, so that they appear exotic as in the design of this obi. The wax-resist dying technique used is called roketsuzome.