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

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

A strikingly vibrant Chinese pith painting, showing a peacock sitting on a branch, against a wooded background. Backed on pink paper with a printed border.

Unsigned. Inscribed lower left 'pavo muticus'.
In good condition for its age. There are adhesive marks at all four corners, as shown.
27.2cm x 20.6cm.

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-033

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