J.W., Hummingbird Pith Painting - Original 1852 watercolour painting

An original 1852 watercolour painting, J.W. Hummingbird Pith Painting.

A vibrant Chinese pith painting, showing a brilliantly coloured bird, possibly a hummingbird. Backed on cream paper. Initialled and dated lower right, 'J.W. 1842, April 18.'

Signed and dated lower right.
In good condition for its age. There are tears to the left and lower edges and two corners, and adhesive marks at all four corners, as shown.
7.9cm x 7.6cm.

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-027

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