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Album showing Treaty Ports, Costumes, Ceremonies, Junks, Flowers & Birds, as well as Gardens in and around Canton.
1850. CHINESE EXPORT WATERCOLOURS OF SUPERIOR QUALITY.50 fine gouache paintings, each measuring 31.5 x 24cm, some captioned in pencil in the margin. Small folio. Bound in contemporary embroidered silk. Very minor worming, slightly shaken and rubbed, inner hinges broken, view of Macao with a faint tea-cup stain, but overall in very good condition, with tissue guards on facing page. Label on front pastedown "Youqua, Painter, Old Street No. 34, Queen's Road, No. 107." [Canton], n.d. [but ca. 1850].Youqua (active 1840s-1870s) was one of the foremost artist working in Canton where he specialised in export paintings catering largely to merchants from Europe and America who regularly visited Canton. To them he was known as 'Youqua', a name which would have been used exclusively when dealing with foreigners. His original Chinese name is still not known. His shop in Canton was located on No. 34 Old Street and around 1845 he also opened a branch on Queen's Road in Hong Kong. Otherwise very little is known about the circumstances of this artist. Youqua's studio work can be divided into three categories, namely pith paper watercolours (mostly in groups of 12), oil paintings and gouache paintings. Pith paper albums were produced in large workshops employing in some cases over 100 artists. Only the highest quality albums such as the present one was executed in minutest detail by Youqua himself.The paintings cover a wide variety of views and subjects: The first two images show portraits of the Chinese Emperor and Empress. Outstanding are the full-page views of Canton and the Whampoa ancho … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Maggs Bros Ltd [United Kingdom]
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