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Chinese Watercolours on Pith

Chinese Watercolours on Pith by CANTON watercolourist (1850)

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Author: CANTON watercolourist
Title: Chinese Watercolours on Pith
Year: 1850
Publisher: Unpublished
Place: Canton, China
Dust Jacket: No
Signed: No
Price: £300
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11 Watercolours on pith, each with a tissue guard and green silk frame. Mounted on paper leaves with textured cloth covered boards, not bound together. The images show women in domestic settings, children at their games, goddesses and gods, all rendered in striking colour and with a little more movement than is often found in such albums. The paper mounts are worn and browned to the edges although the images themselves are generally very good, one with an old paper repair to the verso, a little insect damage to four plates. Albums such as these were produced on the waterfront at Canton from the early nineteenth century onward and sold into the export trade as tourist mementos of a visit to China, portraying the country in an appealing form but unmistakably Chinese in their portrayal of the figures on a blank background, depicting the activity in isolation. Please ask for additional images.
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