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A pair of Chinese paintings on glass
circa 1785 
Estimate
2,0003,000
LOT SOLD. 4,800 GBP
JUMP TO LOT
216
A pair of Chinese paintings on glass
circa 1785 
Estimate
2,0003,000
LOT SOLD. 4,800 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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A pair of Chinese paintings on glass
circa 1785 
one depicting a European subject of a courting couple by a tree, the other an Oriental woman and a young boy walking beside a river, in moulded contemporary hardwood frames
15.5cm., by 9.5cm.; 6¼in., 3¾in.
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Exhibited

The painting depicting the European subject was exhibited Sotheby`s Exhibition, A Tale of Three Cities, Canton, Shanghai & Hong Kong, Three Centuries of Sino-British Trade in the Decorative Arts, 1997, by David S. Howard, exhibit number 197, illustrated p. 152 of the catalogue.

Catalogue Note

These small reverse paintings are of a type which was readily available in the shops of Canton for purchase by merchants and sailors as gifts. The popular scene  depicting a  European gallant and his lady  was well known to the Chinese and was one which would sell well although there often are other very similar versions showing less decorum.

Important English Furniture

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