17 China Export Watercolors of Boats painted on European Paper. attributed Tinqua, Guan Lianchang.
17 China Export Watercolors of Boats painted on European Paper.
17 China Export Watercolors of Boats painted on European Paper.
17 China Export Watercolors of Boats painted on European Paper.
17 China Export Watercolors of Boats painted on European Paper.

17 China Export Watercolors of Boats painted on European Paper.

Canton: 1844. A set of 17 magnificent images of Chinese boats painted on watermarked J Whatman paper watermarked 1844. The images are exquisitely detailed, so much so that the sailors are visible on each vessel, even their reflections on the water in some.

Chinese export watercolors were usually executed on pith paper, a less expensive option than imported paper, such as these. They are also larger in size than those typically found. These would have been intended for export to wealthy Westerners. They are of the highest quality.

Tinqua was the most famous and prolific of all Chinese watercolor painters. His brother was Lamqua, an accomplished Chinese painter in the Western style who had been the protégé of the English painter George Chinnery. Tingqua chose watercolors as his medium in part out of familial deference to his older brother, who worked primarily in oils.

11 1/4 x 9 1/4", painted with a landscape orientation on cream, tan and pink paper watermarked J. Whatman 1844. A few have their cover tissue, although most are removed, leaving a slight glue residue on the margin. Magnificent condition with no foxing or marking. Housed in an acid-free box.

Originally from the stock of noted American bookseller Lucien Goldschmidt who passed away in 1992. Fine. Item #27209

Price: $5,750.00

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