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China Trade school gouache 19th century detailed drawing of a junk style boat
Gouache on rice paper painting, 8" by 12 5/8", affixed to heavier paper in the corners, circa mid 19th century, unsigned, by an anonymous artist of the so-called China Trade School. These talented painters, most of whom did not sign their works, produced works for export to the home countries of the many international sailors who visited the southern coast of China from about 1820 to 1870. Today such works are highly coveted and oils by the best known artists bring huge sums at auction. This modest work executed with most delicate materials like rice paper, displays evidence of its great age, with light foxing, edge mat browning, water staining, worm-like holes at edge, and edge tears well outside the image area. Presently the painting is framed simply, but the frame is modern and undistinguished. It will be shipped without glass. The painting will shine when professionally matted and framed, despite the flaws, many of which will be hidden by that mat. SEE HUNDREDS OF OTHER WORKS NOW IN MY RUBY LANE SHOP.
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