Album of painted figures on pith
Album of painted figures on pith

Album of painted figures on pith

[Canton: c. mid 1800s]. Small album, 6½" x 4½" with 12 hand-painted illustrations on pith, affixed to paper, depicting dramatic figures such as scholars, bannermen, swordsmen, and dancers; red brocade over boards; boards loose, the pith brittle with splits on many leaves, a couple touching images, the images themselves bright and detailed. Laid in is a card printed "C. Edward Mudie" with manuscript note "Pictures hand painted on rice paper. A birthday souvenir from Canton, China." This Mudie is likely the English bookman and pioneer of private lending libraries. Pith paintings were typically produced specifically for the tourist trade. The paper is made from the untreated inner pulp of the pith plant, which absorbs watercolor well and produces strong color against a bright white background. Item #58004

Price: $900.00

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