[CHINESE SCHOOL].

A Group of Twelve Chinese Junks and Barges.

Stock Code
95017
Set of Twelve Chinese Junks and Barges.

c. 1860.
£13,500
The vessels depicted include variants of the traditional flat-bottomed Junk, the similar but European-hulled Lorcha, State and pleasure barges, and a large floating duck house.

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 watercolours 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.

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Watercolour and gouache studies on pith paper, edged in blue silk ribbon. Framed and glazed in hand-made gold leaf reeded frames.

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