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PROPERTY OF A LADY, LAKE FOREST, ILLINOIS

A SET OF TWELVE CHINA TRADE 'TEA CULTIVATION' PAINTINGS
QING DYNASTY, CIRCA 1800
Estimate
20,00030,000
LOT SOLD. 25,000 USD
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PROPERTY OF A LADY, LAKE FOREST, ILLINOIS

A SET OF TWELVE CHINA TRADE 'TEA CULTIVATION' PAINTINGS
QING DYNASTY, CIRCA 1800
Estimate
20,00030,000
LOT SOLD. 25,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT

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A SET OF TWELVE CHINA TRADE 'TEA CULTIVATION' PAINTINGS
QING DYNASTY, CIRCA 1800
Chinese School, gouache on paper, each depicting various stages of tea cultivation: tilling, planting the tea sapling, fertilizing, picking the tea leaves, sorting, sunning, pounding and drying, firing the tea, grading, weaving the boxes and packing, shipping and selling; together with the Countess of Powis's bookplate, all framed (13)
Height 15 3/8  in., 39 cm; Width 19 in., 48.3 cm
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Provenance

Collection of Violet Herbert, Countess of Powis (1865-1929), Powis Castle, Powys, Wales.
Needham’s Antiques Inc., J. E. Treleaven , New York, 5th March 1964.
Collection of Walter L. Marr III (1932-2014), Northbrook, Illinois and thence by descent.

Catalogue Note

Although the concept of tea seems relatively simple—dry leaf infused in hot water—the manufacture of it is highly nuanced and complex. In the 18th century, while coveting the desirable and expensive beverage, Westerners had little to no knowledge regarding its cultivation and processing. 

The set is generally considered to have been painted, along with sets depicting porcelain and rice production, around 1790-1800. The late 18th century style and the 'Tea Production' set are discussed in Carl Crossman, The China Trade, Woodbridge, Suffolk, 1991, p. 179. The late 18th century attribution is further aided by a leather-bound set of twelve 'Tea Production' paintings, formerly in the collection of Lord Grenville, who served as Foreign Secretary of England from 1791-1801 and Prime Minister in 1806-7. The album is inscribed  ‘Lord Grenville, Chinese Drawings ft. 1803.’ For more on this group see Pauline Webber, 'A Souvenir from Guangzhou’ V&A Conservation Journal, Autumn 2004, no.48, pp 2-4.

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