Chinese Junk Boat Pith Painting - early 19th-century watercolour painting

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

A striking Chinese pith painting, showing an ornately decorated houseboat, Backed on embossed and perforated paper.

In good condition for its age. There are some cracks in the pith, and a small hole in the lower margin, as shown.
9.3cm x 14.2cm.

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-037

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