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Antique Chinese Export Painting of Mandarin on Silk


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Directory: Fine Art: Paintings: Watercolor: Pre 1900: Item # 385619

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This is a fine 19th century Chinese export painting on pith paper of a seated mandarin with an attendant kneeling in front. He is wearing a peacock feather hat and a civilian rank badge of a crane on his chest, as well as a dragon on his robe. Pretty high up there in rank and also of the reigning Manchu tribe. Image area is 7 1/4 by 10 1/2 inches. Picture is in pretty good condition except for a little missing enamel on the shoulder of the attendant (see close-up). This type of painting is described in Crossman's book on the arts of the China Trade.

This is a pretty good sized painting with nice details of the subject matter. The costume is wonderful as well as the rendering of the mandarin. The furniture also is good. Be sure to see my other listing now of a mandarin lady. Could be his wife.