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


Antique set of twelve Chinese pith paintings depicting butterflies

$ 18,750
  • Description
    Antique set of twelve Chinese pith paintings depicting butterflies
    Chinese, 19th Century
    Panel: Height 19cm, width 28cm
    Frame: Height 35cm, width 34cm, depth 1.5cm
    This superb set of twelve watercolour paintings depicts various insects. Elaborately patterned and rendered in bright shades, each painting has a different composition of insect subjects. Whilst butterflies are the predominant theme, other insects such as grasshoppers, beetles, and dragonflies also appear. The vivid insects stand out beautifully against the creamy white background. One of the paintings is slightly stained yellow. The watercolours are rendered on pith paper, which due to its lower absorbency allows the paint to pool on the surface like an enamel, adding to the vividity of the studies.
    Each painting is enclosed in a red painted frame, adorned with painted oval panels of insects that complement the theme of the paintings themselves.
    Pith paper paintings such as these were designed for the export market, and typically depicted customs or wildlife indigenous to China that a Western visitor could take home as a souvenir.
    These twelve paintings are rendered with incredible delicacy, and the charming subject makes them a true antique collectable.
  • More Information
    Origin: China
    Period: 19th Century
    Materials: Painted Wood, Watercolour, Pith Paper.
    Styles / Movements: Other
    Dealer Reference #: 17535
    Incollect Reference #: 717060
  • Dimensions
    W. 13.39 in; H. 13.78 in; D. 0.59 in;
    W. 34 cm; H. 35 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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