Antique Chinese hanging scroll of a “Courtesan Playing the Flute” signed Qiu Ying.
This painting is of two courtesans waiting to entertain the emperor. The emperor would be seated in front of a screen of dragons. The empress would be seated in front of a scene with phoenixes. The courtesan on the right plays the flute while the courtesan on the left holds a fan. The skill of Qui Ying can be seen in the rendering of the sheer quality of the fan, the courtesan’s sleeve is visible behind it. There are two seals at the bottom right. It is signed at the bottom left Qiu Ying. It measures overall 25″ wide by 62″ long, the image 21.5″ by 36.25″.