A 24-leaf album of Chinese export paintings of elegantly dressed Chinese Nobility .
Canton: Youqua Studio, [1840-1870]. Silk covered boards. 24 large and intricate paintings of Chinese nobility dressed in their finery. This album bears the red stamp with border for "Youqua Painter, Old Street, No. 34" affixed to the inside cover.
Leaves mounted with pale turquoise silk ribbon to paper leaves. The album size 33.2 x 24.8cm (13 x 9 3/4") and stands as a quarto volume. Bound in dark blue silk with medallions in red, gold and green trellis design. The binding is cracked on the spine but holding, rubbed edges and corners with the remants of silk ties. While some plates have some damage around the edge, all the coats and gowns are in fine condition and brilliant full color.
A red stamp with border for "Youqua Painter, Old Street, No. 34" affixed to the inside cover. Western binding opening from the right. Very good overall. Item #27211