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.
Artist Choi Sokhwan, Korean, 1782 - ca.1850
  • Grapevine
Date 1821
Medium twelve-panel folding screen; ink and watercolor on paper
Dimensions 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)
Credit Line 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
Accession Number 1988.62
Department Asian Art
Not On View
Signed Signed, on bottom of first panel on the right, at left
Marks Stamps, on bottom of first panel on the right, at left, below signature: [seals]
Inscriptions 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).