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[China Export Watercolours on Pith Paper].

Nobility in Costumes.

Stock Code
90282
Canton, 1860
£6,500

A lovely variety of Chinese official costumes, in fine condition and bright colours.

Pith seems not to have been adopted for painting until about 1820. Some European museums claim that their paintings on pith (often erroneously called 'rice paper' or 'mulberry pith') come from the end of the eighteenth century but there do not seem to be any dateable examples that are so early. There is a record of the Kaiser Franz of Austria buying some albums from an English Consul-General Watts in 1826. We know of an Italian Count who visited Canton in 1828 and had over 350 paintings on pith in his baggage when he died in Ambon two years later. In the British Library there is a scrap-book containing six pith paintings and a journal entry by a serving British officer who sent them home from India in 1829. These examples and contemporary accounts by visitors to Canton

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Description

Album (29.5 x 21.5 cm) with 12 watercolour and gouache on pith paper, each laid on paper with a light blue ribbon; one a bit stained in brown. Contemporary binding of patterned brown paper; very rubbed.

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