Boat with Flag Chinese Pith - Original early 19th-century watercolour painting

An original early 19th-century watercolour painting, Boat with Flag Chinese Pith.

A highly detailed Chinese pith painting of a large boat, richly decorated, and with a large flag at the stern. Backed on cream paper, and with a green paper border.

In good condition for its age. Some age toning, pitting and cracks in the pith, as shown.
17.6cm x 25.1cm.

This is one of a number of beautiful pith paintings that we have on offer. Delicate pith paintings by local Chinese artists were collected by Western travellers and merchants from around 1825 onwards. Pith paper behaves very differently from conventional rag or woodpulp paper: watercolour and gouache paint readily absorb into the plant cells of the pith to create a rich, velvety depth of colour, and then paint pools in relief on the surface, producing exquisitely vibrant raised details, of sparkling, jewel-like intensity. Pith also becomes brittle over time, though, making it vulnerable to cracking.

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Product code: JH-039

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