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An album depicting silkworms

£6,500

An album depicting silkworms

n.d. circa 1820.

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Description

The production of silk by the Chinese was a closely guarded secret for some 2500 years, before being smuggled out to Japan, India, and Korea, coming to the West comparatively recently. Feeding on white mulberry leaves, domestic silkmoths are closely dependent on humans for reproduction, as a result of millennia of selective breeding.

The present album provides a fine record of the life cycle of the silkworm. Such large format albums are scarce.

Description

Large album (42 by 33 cm) containing 14 watercolours on Chinese paper, each mounted on heavier paper, the album bound in contemporary Chinese patterned cloth; light wear and a little restoration to binding.

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Stock ID: 95288