19th century Chinese folio gouache rice paper paintings

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19th century Chinese folio gouache rice paper paintings

£880.00

Chinese folio five gouache rice paper paintings of Chinese junks and duck farming vessels.

Height: 11″
Width: 15″
Ca.: 1880

Description

Antique Chinese folio of five gouache rice paper paintings featuring Chinese junks and duck farming vessels.

A charming and rare folio of ‘rice’, or more accurately, ‘pith’ paper paintings.

In their original gilt-tooled folio.

Some minor damages.

It is rare to find these Chines pith paper gouache paintings in their original folio.
These are normally removed and framed individually, which reduces their value as a set.

Pith comes from the stem of a small tree called Tetrapanax Papyrifera, native to south-west China.
Cutting very fine sheets of pith is highly skilled, and the constraints of the process mean that the finished sheets for painting rarely, if ever, measure more than about 30 cm by 20 cm.

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