Chinese Butterfly - Original early 19th-century watercolour painting




An original early 19th-century watercolour painting, Chinese Butterfly.

An exquisite and striking red and yellow butterfly, with gold detailing. Inscribed indistinctly verso, the inscription indicates that the butterfly species is Chinese.

Unsigned. Inscribed indistinctly verso: "Chinese [?]"
Very minor age toning. There are paper remnants on the back of the sheet, from historically being laid down.
13cm x 17.6cm.
Unframed.

This painting forms part of a small, striking collection of similar works we have for sale depicting flowers, butterflies and insects such as locust and moth. Dating from the early to mid-19th century, the paintings have strong visual appeal, painted in bold colours with striking crispness and elements of fine detailing such as touches of gold paint. At the same time, they show a popular interest in naturalism, the artist noting the Latin name of the specific insect species in some cases.   

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Product code: JF-175


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