The orchid and bamboo, classic Chinese brush paintings, were prized by Chinese scholars who positioned the paintings prominently in their studios because, they said, the nature of the orchid and bamboo closely mimicked laudable human virtues. Orchids represented love, beauty and refinement, and bamboo stood for longevity and durability. They were among the four plants the literati identified as “Noble Paragons.” (Also included were the chrysanthemum and plum blossoms.) These two paintings are on rice paper and were done in the latter half of the 20th century by an artist from Suzhou. We are not able to identify the painter from the seals, however the work is done with sensitivity and the paintings are fine decorative representations of scholarly Chinese art. They have been dry mounted on paper board, are in good condition and are unframed. Dimensions of each painting: height 51” (127 cm), width 15” (38 cm).