This beautiful pair of antique hand-colored engravings were executed by William Floyd and Arthur Willmore after works drawn by British architect and Illustrator Thomas Allom. Allom's artworks were originally published in the series "China: In a Series of Views, Displaying the Scenery, Architecture, and Social Habits, of That Ancient Empire" which was printed in four volumes in London between 1843 and 1847.
The two artworks are titled "Ladies of a Mandarin's Family at Cards" and "Boudoir and Bed-Chamber of a Lady of Rank". The highly detailed pair depict idealized versions of day-to-day mid 19th-century Chinese life with ladies engaged in various activities. As seen in the accompanying photographs, copious attention has been paid to the architecture of the buildings along with interior decor. The pieces are housed in black and gilt wood frames der glass with gilt accented black mats.
The artworks are in very original good condition with no visible damage. They have not been examined outside of the frame. As antiques, the pieces show signs of age consisting of toning to the paper and minor nicks/scratches to the frames which are mentioned for accuracy. The backs of the frames bear paper coverings showing signs of age/use along with metal hooks at the top used to affix the pieces to the wall. The visible portion of the artworks are 8" by 6" while the framed dimensions are 13.125" by 11.125". The artworks are mareked "Drawn by T. Allom." with one reading "Engraved by W. Floyd." while the other reads "Engraved by A. Willmore.".
These lovely antique hand-colored engravings display beautifully and mesh well with many types of decor from traditional to eclectic. A lovely antique find!