清馬家桐牡丹画 This is another antique Chinese painting, of the perenial favorite peonies. The blossoms and leaves are floating in the breeze. Clearly painted by a master of floral painting. Image 17 by 28 inches in a silk matt and a 23 by 34 simple gold frame. Condition is good with a couple of tiny worm holes. It has been cleaned up some time ago before being put under glass. Inscription of the artist Ma Jia-Tung as well as his signature and seal. This is a listed artist of the Qing dynasty 1655-1911, famous for landscapes and Chinese still life. The inscription is in dedication to the style of an earlier artist.
Note. In traditional Chinese brush painting, there are landscape, flowers and birds, and people or genre. These do not correspond directly to western classifications. For example, flowers may correspond to still life. But the artist who specializes in it is expected to master birds and insects as well. The idea is to be able capture the spirit of the entire living microcosm. In this case, the peonies and leaves seem to be alive. With this painting, Ma was paying homage to an earlier master.