Chinese artist of the XIX century - Watercolors of birds in the rural landscape: Pheasants and Cranes

Submitted by Massimo Sarandrea on the 13th of October 2013


Chinese artist of the XIX century
Birds in the agricultural landscape: Pair of Pheasants and Pair of Cranes
Watercolors on vegetable marrow produced for export
Canton (China), half of the XIX century
Dimensions: “pheasants” h. 22.5 cm x l. 32.5 cm - “cranes” h. ..23 cm x l. 34.5 cm


Watercolor paintings on a particular paper produced from the marrow of the stem of a small tree known as Tetrapanax Papyrifera (rice-paper plant), native to southwest China. They were used from the late eighteenth century as a souvenir for travelers from Europe and more generally as works for export.
The works presented here were probably produced in a studio in Canton in the mid-nineteenth century.