Formats of Chinese Painging
The finished traditional Chinese painting is mounted on a support system in the suitable form to display and keep in storage.The principal forms of traditional Chinese painting are the scroll and sreen, based the sizes of painting, the forms are various.
Zhongtang - Central scroll (hung in the middle of the wall of
the main room), the general
sizes of Zhongtang: the painting 27" X 54", mounted on a scroll of 29" X 69"
Hanging Scroll - Hanging scrolls are both horizontal and vertical, usually mounted and hung on the wall. It's very familiar and were used for all kinds of paintings and calligraphy works.
Album - Albums are consisted of many small paintings or calligraphy that mounted onto individual pages, then assembled together as a book.
Fan - Traditional Chinese folding fans and round fans are made of paper that braced with bamboo sticks, and generally were beautified with paintings or calligraphy works on their surface. Some artists like to cut the rice paper in the shape of fan and then painted onto it, this kind of artworks are called fan. The fans can be mounted and have special artistic appeals.
Hand scroll–The long, horizontal scroll is also called a hand scroll and is usually less than 25" high but maybe up to 60' long.
Square - The painting or calligraphy works in the shape of square are called Doufang (Square), that means the width and height of painting/calligraph are almost the same, generally the sizes should be 19" X 19" or 26" X 26". Square can be mounted in screen or scroll.
Screen - Screens were a popular form of displaying Chinese paintings, the painting was mounted with fibre in shape of single plane and ready for framing.