USD Rare Carved and Painted Pine Twenty-Three Bird "Adirondack-Style" Bird Tree, Probably New York State circa 1900 Height with base 37 inches; Width of base 12 inches; Diameter overall 22 inches sothebys
Lǚ Jì(呂紀). Lü Ji first studied the painting style of Bian Wenjin (ca. 1356-ca. 1428), an important early Ming court painter of bird-and-flower subjects. Lü also once had the opportunity to view and copy famous paintings of the Tang and Song dynasties at the residence of the Imperial Physiognomist, Yuan Zhongche (1376-1458), who hailed from the same hometown.