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[China Export Watercolours on Pith Paper].

Ceremonies with fantastic animals.

Stock Code
91713
Canton, 1870
£8,500


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 suggest that there was a flourishing trade in pith paintings by

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A set of 10 watercolour and gouache studies on pith paper; one with a long horizontal closed tear. Contemporary red patterned silk binding; upper hinge broken and upper cover detached.

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