The colours are vibrant and the pith is clean and fully intact, with just a small number of nicks/scratches to the left edge. There are historic tape remnants to the upper and lower edges. Please see photos for detail. All artworks come with a Certificate of Authenticity and-if it is a collection artwork-its accompanying collection text or artist biography.
Delicate pith paintings by local Chinese artists were collected by Western travellers and merchants from around 1825 onwards. By 1833 the monopoly of trade by the English East India Company had come to an end, opening the China trade to dozens of British companies and seeing the number of merchants and volume of trade flourish. Paintings on pith were produced in port cities to meet the Western demand for local Chinese souvenirs. Relatively inexpensive and conveniently portable, they were often glued into albums to provide protection on the long voyage home. The painting style would combine a traditional Chinese approach of flattened sweeps of colour with aspects of Western influence in detail and realism.
Pith paper behaves very differently from conventional rag or woodpulp paper. Rather than being plant fibres matted together into a layer, pith is composed of plant cells sliced directly from the inner tissue of the Tetrapanex papyrifera plant, native to Southern China and Taiwan. This unique composition makes it extremely vulnerable to damage by moisture and other environmental factors, becoming very brittle over time and subject to distinctive cracking. It is rare, therefore, that such paintings survive in pristine condition.
Being routinely tipped onto album pages, they also often bear glue marks and related discolouration. Pith also behaves unlike conventional paper as a painting support. Watercolour and gouache paint readily absorb into the plant cells of the pith to create a rich, velvety depth of colour, and then paint pools in relief on the surface, producing exquisitely vibrant raised details, of sparkling, jewel-like intensity. Pith paintings are a fascinating record of the history, activities and socio-cultural exchanges taking place between China and the West in the 19th century. The juxtaposition of robust vibrancy of paint and translucent fragility of support is an enchanting combination prized by collectors around the world.
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Spooner Charitable Trust in association with The Wordsworth Trust; Victoria Art Gallery Bath; Leicestershire County Council Museums; Alnwick Castle, Northumberland; Rozelle House and Maclaurin Galleries, Ayrshire. Recently our images have been reproduced in the following publications.National Portrait Gallery'Rowney guide' (updated online, 2019). Huw Lewis-Jones,'Sea Journal', (Thames & Hudson, London 2019). Virginia Museum of Fine Arts,'A Return to the Grand Tour, Microcosmic Jewels from the Collection of Elizabeth Locke' (Richmond VA, 2019). Orders are dispatched Monday to Friday, excluding local and national holidays. All items are packed carefully and securely in high quality packaging. In our experience, it is extremely rare that items are lost in post but sometimes there are delays in the postal service which are beyond our control. We thank you for your patience and understanding. Please note that orders packed on Friday will arrive on Tuesday. Please note that due to courier service suspensions to Russia at this time there are size restrictions in place on what we can send to Russia. We may not be able to fulfil your order if, when packed, the combined height x width x depth dimensions of your parcel exceed 90cm. Please start a Return request within 30 days of receipt of goods. Please return the item in its original packaging (or close equivalent) to ensure safe transit. We cannot be responsible for damage sustained during return transit. This item is in the category "Antiques\Asian/Oriental Antiques\Chinese\Paintings/Scrolls". The seller is "somersetandwoodfineart" and is located in this country: GB. This item can be shipped worldwide.