[China Export Watercolours on Pith Paper]

A Set of Twelve Processions.

Stock Code
85217
A Set of Twelve Processions.

China, ca. 1870].
£11,000
Chinese export watercolours of the highest quality.

Pith came into use for painting to satisfy the increasing demand for small, inexpensive and easily transported souvenirs, following the massive growth in the China Trade in the first quarter of the nineteenth century. Paintings in oils, on board and canvas were costly and difficult to carry home. Earlier and more prestigious export water-colours had often been on a larger scale and painted on fine Chinese paper or on paper imported from Europe. The albums of pith paintings and later the little glass-fronted boxes were inexpensive, light, easy to pack and gave the pictures some protection on the long voyage home. Because many were sold in albums and hence protected from the light, they retain their bright colours to this day.

Pith comes from the central column of spongy cellular tissue in the stem of a small tree called Tetrapanax Papyrifera, native to south-west China.
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Description

Watercolour and gouache studies on pith paper, framed by blue silk ribbon, all mounted, overall dimensions 33 x 23.5cm., framed and glazed.

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