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Album with rice paper paintings.
[China, late 18th century]. - Album of 11 Chinese gouache paintings of noble ladies on rice paper. Ca. 19 x 30 cm each, mounted on Chinese wove paper with blue silk borders. Contemporary cloth. The paintings show eleven Chinese courtesans dressed in lavish gowns and robes wearing brightly coloured lotus shoes, seated at the table or reclining, performing various kinds of handicraft (weaving, spinning, needlepoint), smoking, etc. Courtesan albums, especially early ones, are considerably rarer than their botanical and tradesmen counterparts. These paintings share similarities with those acquired in 1826 by Franz Josef I, Emperor of Austria and reproduced by Payer-Thurn in "Chinesische Miniaturen aus dem Leben einer chinesischen Dame" (Leipzig 1924). - Occasional wrinkling or even tears to rice paper; some foxing to backing paper. Provenance: Acquired in the East by Henry Boyle Byrne (1787-1807), who drowned in the Bay of Calcutta (cf. Maryland Genealogical Society Bulletin 43 [2002], p. 63), but sent the set home to Patrick Byrne of Philadephia, PA; then by descent through the family; last at the family home, The Woodlands, in Clopper, MD (built by Francis Cassatt Clopper in 1810). Includes handwritten note of provenance by a family member. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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