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Qi Baishi

China 1864 – 1957

Two mice and a candlestick 1948 Place made: China
Materials & Technique: paintings, ink and colour on paper

Primary Insc: 8 lines of calligraphy: Candle light is bright as day. How could you call it stealing if it happens in daylight and does not worry people who don’t notice? Written by Qi Baishi at the age of 88 in summer in May 1948. The artist’s seal stamped in red,
Dimensions: 101.0 h x 33.6 w cm
Acknowledgement: Gift of Brian and Eleanor Thornton 2013. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.
Accession No: NGA 2013.3953
  • The supplied chain of ownership for this object is being reviewed and further research is underway. The provenance information listed has been substantiated by documentation. Details may be refined and updated as research progresses. (added 2016)
  • collected from the artist by Professor Otto van der Sprenkel, China, 1948
  • by descent to his wife Pamela van der Sprenkel, Canberra, 1978
  • sold at the deceased estate auction of Pamela van der Sprenkel
  • to Brian and Eleanor Thornton, Canberra, October 2001
  • who donated it to the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, 2013