Grapevine, 1821

  • Choi Sokhwan, Korean, 1782 - ca.1850

Twelve-panel folding screen; ink and watercolor on paper

  • Image: 31 3/4 × 117 5/8 inches (80.6 × 298.8 cm) Overall: 68 7/8 × 128 inches (174.9 cm × 3 m 25.1 cm) Installed (17" wide angles, 20" ends): 69 × 109 inches (175.3 × 276.9 cm)

Founders Society Purchase with funds from the Korean Community, New Endowment Fund, Henry Ford II Fund, Benson and Edith Ford Fund, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Buhl Ford II Fund, J. Lawrence Buell, Jr. Fund, L. A. Young Fund, and G. Albert Lyon Foundation Fund

1988.62

The Korean word for grape, “p’o-to”, is similar in sound with the word for peach, “to,” a traditional symbol of immortality. Thus, the motif on this screen was to convey wishes for a long life to the viewer, as well as make a statement about the owner’s literary and artistic sophistication.

Signed, on bottom of first panel on the right, at left

Stamps, on bottom of first panel on the right, at left, below signature: [seals]

Inscribed, on bottom of first panel on the right, at right

(Leighton R. Longhi, Inc., New York, New York, USA)

1988-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)

Longhi, Leighton R. Forty-five Years in Asian Art. Italy, 2019, pp. 350-351 (fig. 369).

Choi Sokhwan, Grapevine, 1821, twelve-panel folding screen; ink and watercolor on paper. Detroit Institute of Arts, Founders Society Purchase with funds from the Korean Community, New Endowment Fund, et al., 1988.62.