Canton: Kheshing Studio, c. 1860. Silk covered boards. With the Kheshing stamp in the front stating that they we26592re dealers in silks and other sundry articles. We can locate only one other listing for a pith painting album from Kheshing at the Sydney Living Museum. The processionals include children, men playing instruments, carrying temples that honor ducks & dieties, men carrying banners and swords.
A large oblong 4to album (14 1/2 x 9 3/4 inches) Bound in patterned red silk, with rubbing to the spine and corners. Internally there is little cracking but the color of the costumes is outstanding with much cobalt blue & heavily patterned. Leaves mounted with pale turquoise silk ribbon to paper leaves.
Charles Toogood Downing described the process in a visit to one of the studios in the 1830s: “whatever the subject may be – whether a boat, a bird or a mandarin – it is laid upon the table, and the rice paper is placed over it; and then on account of the transparency of the latter, a figure is easily sketched…”. Otherwise very good condition. Item #27214