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PITH PAINTINGS].
Chinese Pith Paintings - Album of Punishments.
1810. Album of 12 delicate watercolours done on pith showing examples of judicial tortures employed in Qing Dynasty, each delicate painting is held in place by means of a light aqua paper ribbon border which is laid down on Xuan paper. Occasional light foxing on paintings but with the exception of one with a repaired vertical split, the paintings are in very good condition without the splits and loss so often seen with these albums. Endpapers foxed. Red silk covered card covers insect damaged with loss in place. Cord ties. Paintings measure approximately 11.5 x 14.5cm, with a few a little larger or smaller; the album13 x 16.5cm. Criminal justice in China was among the most popular subjects for pith paintings. Collections such as this were issued to satisfy the desire of the European visitor to China for a light weight attractive souvenir to take home. There is some dispute as to when pith paintings first appeared on the market, but certainly by 1810 such paintings became available. They retained their popularity through to the end of the 19th century with some, often rather course and clumsy examples, being seen into the early part of the 20th century. Pith paintings were frequently sold in albums, such as this, although some, particularly in the latter part of the 19th century, were issued as small collections in glass fronted boxes. The subject of this particular collection, which to European eyes showed the sensational cruel and strange punishments of China, was a popular theme. This interest in Chinese punishments was of great fascination to Europeans with images such … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Asia Bookroom ANZAAB/ILAB [Canberra, ACT, Australia]

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