Each panel shows a Chinese actor or musician (two female, two male, one with a lute, one with a mask) placed amidst an exotic floral canopy, with three of the panels showing a large bird, (incuding a crane and a firebird), and one a snake coiled around a tree.
In the style of Jean-Baptiste Pillement (24 May 1728 – 26 April 1808), son of a textile designer of Lyon, who created a distinctive style of rococo chinoiserie that is permanently linked to his name. It was adopted by artisans in every medium from textiles to wallpaper to furniture marquetry. Pillement’s playful vision of the East was spread throughout Europe through his engraved ornament suites and peripatetic career. From afar, each picture had that Asian ‘look’, but upon closer inspection, displayed a distinctly Western style of perspective and human figure drawing.
Four oil paintings on canvas, each 179.5 x 47.5 cm., minor restoration, framed and glazed 187 x 56m.
Stock ID: 87772