Offered by: Mayfair Gallery
39 South Audley Street London W1K 2PP , England Call Seller 44.207.491.3435


Set of six Chinese pith paper paintings of butterflies and flowers

$ 9,500
  • Description
    Set of six Chinese pith paper paintings of butterflies and flowers
    Chinese, 19th Century
    Panel: Height 21cm, width 32cm
    Frame: Height 37cm, width 38.5cm, depth 1.5cm
    This set of six paintings was made for the Western export market in the 19th Century. Depicting typical Chinese customs and indigenous wildlife, pith paper paintings such as these were easily transportable souvenirs for Western visitors, who would often stick them into albums for safe passage home.
    Rendered on the less absorbent medium of pith paper, which allows the paint to pool on the surface of the support, the paintings depict various floral and insectile compositions. Pink, blue, and yellow blooms are set against deep green foliage, surrounded by butterflies, dragonflies, grasshoppers, and other creatures. The flowers and animals are rendered with incredible detail, with the insects covered with intricate patterns in a variety of bright colours.
    The paintings are all ensconced in black painted frames with gilt additions, which were later added.
    Of a charming subject, these beautiful paintings give an insight into the cultural exchanges occurring between the East and the West in the 19th century.
  • More Information
    Origin: China
    Period: 19th Century
    Materials: Watercolour, pith paper, painted wood.
    Styles / Movements: Asian, Traditional
    Dealer Reference #: 17532
    Incollect Reference #: 710207
  • Dimensions
    W. 15.16 in; H. 14.57 in; D. 0.59 in;
    W. 38.5 cm; H. 37 cm; D. 1.5 cm;
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Mayfair Gallery is a leading gallery in the field of art and antiques, holding a large collection of unique pieces for sale. The breadth of the gallery’s collection is wide, and includes items from a range of periods, styles and geographical origins, as well as works by famous artists and craftsmen. The main focus of the gallery’s collection is, however, on items produced during the 19th and early 20th century.

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