Awaiting the Ferry at an Autumn River


Artist: Tan Jing (forger) (1911-1991) Forgery of Sheng Mou 盛懋 (ca. 1310-1360)
Historical period(s)
Modern period, late 1947-early 1948
Ink on paper
H x W (image): 114.8 x 47.9 cm (45 3/16 x 18 7/8 in)
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view

Hanging scroll (mounted on panel)

autumn, China, forgery, landscape, Modern period (1912 - present), river, water, WWII-era provenance

From at least 1953 to 1954
C. C. Wang (1907-2003), New York, from at least February 2, 1953 [1]

From 1954
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased through Warren E. Cox & Associates, New York from C. C. Wang in February 1954 [2]


[1] The painting was delivered to the Freer Gallery by Warren E. Cox, acting on behalf of C. C. Wang, on February 2, 1953, see “Chinese Paintings taken to the Freer Gallery of Art” list, dated February 2, 1953, copy in object file. The painting belongs to a group of copies made in the late 1940's by Tan Jing (1911-1991), a well-established Shanghai collector. The original painting is in the collection of the Shanghai Museum, see Xie Zhiliu, Tang, Wu dai, Song, Yuan ming ji (Shanghai, 1957), no. 29, pl. 100. See also Wen Fong, “The Problem of Forgeries in Chinese Painting: Part One,” Artibus Asiae vol. 25, no. 2/3 (1962), p. 110.

[2] See Warren E. Cox & Associates’ s invoice, dated February 12, 1954.

Previous Owner(s)

C.C. Wang China, 1907-2003; active United States
Warren E. Cox 1895-1977

Published References
  • Wen C. Fong. The Problems of Forgeries in Chinese Painting, pt. 1. vol. XXV Washington and Zurich. p. 110.
  • Suzuki Kei. Chugoku kaiga sogo zuroku (Comprehensive Illustrated Catalog of Chinese Painting). 5 vols., Tokyo, 1982-1983. p. 258.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
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Rights Statement

Copyright with artist