Cranes Pith Painting - Original early 19th-century watercolour painting




An original early 19th-century watercolour painting, Cranes Pith Painting.

An intensely coloured Chinese pith painting, showing a pair of Chinese cranes. Backed on cream paper.

Unsigned.
In good condition for its age. The edges of the pith have been cut irregularly there is age toning around the edges of the image and on the mount, and the pith has abrasions and a small hole, as shown. 
18.3cm x 26.1cm.
Unframed.

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-036


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