In years of browsing for Chinese antiques, I had never seen anything like it!
A young mother with her baby, semi undressed in the intimacy of her home, or, because of the wall and floor tiling, possibly in a traditional bath house.
I would date the piece back to 1880-1900.
It is done with "gouache" (a more opaque kind of watercolor) on thick paper.
Colors have not faded and are still very vibrant.
The artwork is amazingly charming and refreshing
The mother has exquisite features and minuscule bound feet.
She is sitting on a traditional Chinese stool. She wears some kind of bathrobe with an ornate motif, the kind you never see in Chinese artworks of the time, which leaves her arms, one shoulder, and both her legs bare.
The baby is quite a character, big, healthy, loving, he wears fun diapers and looks full of life. This is a son (of course.)
A 19th Century glimpse into a scene of happy, carefree, motherhood, far from the formalities of the Imperial Court.
A totally unique Qing Dynasty treasure!
CONDITION: In good condition for its age and material, with minor foxing and some wrinkling of the paper, particularly in the floor area. Abrasion of the paper in the portrait area, (seen in black) which does not affect the portrait. We can restore this area (at the back) for you at no charge
The edges of the scroll have been trimmed. The result is clean and not noticeable.
One scratch in the paint was fixed by the owner. This has left a slant line, which one mostly interprets as part of the artwork.
MEASUREMENTS: Length: 22". Width: 7 3/4".
Will be shipped "Expedited" from Paris in a tube, including online tracking, insurance and signature at delivery.
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