Three Chinese Export Pith Paintings, Birds, 1870.
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Directory: Archives: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Pre 1900: item # 750291
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THREE CHINESE EXPORT PITH PAINTINGS, CIRCA 1870.
Three charming gouache paintings on pith paper depicting exotic Chinese birds. Each is lightly mounted on to paper and bordered with faded green silk. They appear to be foxed but it is just the backing paper that has foxed as you can see in my last photograph where I have slipped a clean piece of paper behind the pith paper. It should be an easy task to remove the foxed backing paper and remount the paintings on acid-free paper.
Each picture is 10.1/2 inches by 6.1/2 inches, including the silk mount. The condition is very good considering the fragile nature of the material. The painting of the red headed birds has a wormhole and a couple of tiny openings that must have been originally in the paper as they have been patched before mounting. There is also a tiny loss in the bottom right corner. The painting of the birds with big feet has also the same wormhole and tiny openings similar to the first painting, possibly a manufacturing defect. The painting of the long-tailed birds has the same wormhole and a kind of small scuff through the foliage.
This does sound like a long list of faults but really the paintings are in remarkable condition for pith paintings.
Please study the photographs.
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