Album of 19th century Chinese Pith Paintings illustrating the Tea Industry. Cantonese School Youqua.
Album of 19th century Chinese Pith Paintings illustrating the Tea Industry.
Album of 19th century Chinese Pith Paintings illustrating the Tea Industry.
Album of 19th century Chinese Pith Paintings illustrating the Tea Industry.
Album of 19th century Chinese Pith Paintings illustrating the Tea Industry.
Album of 19th century Chinese Pith Paintings illustrating the Tea Industry.
Album of 19th century Chinese Pith Paintings illustrating the Tea Industry.
Album of 19th century Chinese Pith Paintings illustrating the Tea Industry.
Album of 19th century Chinese Pith Paintings illustrating the Tea Industry.
Album of 19th century Chinese Pith Paintings illustrating the Tea Industry.
Album of 19th century Chinese Pith Paintings illustrating the Tea Industry.
Album of 19th century Chinese Pith Paintings illustrating the Tea Industry.
Album of 19th century Chinese Pith Paintings illustrating the Tea Industry.
Album of 19th century Chinese Pith Paintings illustrating the Tea Industry.
Album of 19th century Chinese Pith Paintings illustrating the Tea Industry.

Album of 19th century Chinese Pith Paintings illustrating the Tea Industry.

Ca. 1840. A series of 12 original gouaches on pith paper, mounted on wove paper album pages with blue silk ribbon. The pictures illustrate all phases of the tea industry - planting, harvesting, processing, sorting, labeling the tea chests, selling and drinking. Pith painting albums were popular as inexpensive and easily transported souvenirs in the period following the growth in the China Trade in the first quarter of the 19th century. Because many pictures were sold in albums and hence protected from the light, they retain their bright colors to this day. Botanicals and landscapes were common - occupationals, such as this one, somewhat less so. They were also quite fragile. Crossman states, "The other paper commonly used for watercolors and gouaches, after 1800, was pith... The pith paper is a very fragile medium to work on and many of those watercolors which have survived are cracked and broken... Watercolors in sets of between 12 and 36 pictures, showing the growing, processing, and shipping of tea... were popular from the middle of the 18th century through the 19th." Crossman, "The China Trade," pp 95-97. Overall, the paintings in this album are in excellent condition, some with some minor cracking in the lower margin. Oblong 8vo album measuring 8.5 x 11.5", the images measuring 6.75 x 9.75". Original red brocade silk covered boards & silk ties, binding expertly tightened, corner of back board mended. Very good overall. Item #17864

Price: $7,500.00

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