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PROPERTY OF A PRIVATE COLLECTOR

PORTRAIT OF A BEAUTY
CHINESE SCHOOL, QING DYNASTY, 19TH CENTURY
JUMP TO LOT
193

PROPERTY OF A PRIVATE COLLECTOR

PORTRAIT OF A BEAUTY
CHINESE SCHOOL, QING DYNASTY, 19TH CENTURY
JUMP TO LOT

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PORTRAIT OF A BEAUTY
CHINESE SCHOOL, QING DYNASTY, 19TH CENTURY
Chinese School, oil on canvas; depicted seated with one arm poised on a table, hands clasping a swathe of red silk, wearing a crisp blue silk robe bordered with embroidered roses and butterflies, the hardstone clasp suspending a string of pearls and bright green jadeite beads, a pair of matching jadeite and gold bangles on each wrist and jadeite and gold triple-loop earrings, the long black hair pulled up and secured with jadeite and floral hair pins, the oval face of pale complexion with a slight blush in the cheeks, the dark almond-shaped eyes with direct, open gaze, wood frame
Height 25 in., 63.5 cm; Width 20 1/4  in., 51.4 cm
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Provenance

European Private Collection, acquired in China, circa 1915.

Catalogue Note

The present subject has long been attributed to one of the great beauties of Chinese culture, the Qianlong emperor’s consort Xiang Fei, ‘The Fragrant Concubine’ and to the finest European painter in the imperial court, Giuseppe Castiglione known as Lang Shining. Despite the evident loveliness of the subject, it is more likely that the painting represents a feminine ideal. Images of flawless, alluring women, painted in either suggestive or passive attitudes were sought after by the male elite.

Important Chinese Art

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