Antique CHINESE Qing PHOTOGRAPH Women With Long Nails 19th C Century Very RAREAntique CHINESE Qing PHOTOGRAPH Women With Long Nails 19th C Century Very RAREAntique CHINESE Qing PHOTOGRAPH Women With Long Nails 19th C Century Very RAREAntique CHINESE Qing PHOTOGRAPH Women With Long Nails 19th C Century Very RAREAntique CHINESE Qing PHOTOGRAPH Women With Long Nails 19th C Century Very RAREAntique CHINESE Qing PHOTOGRAPH Women With Long Nails 19th C Century Very RAREAntique CHINESE Qing PHOTOGRAPH Women With Long Nails 19th C Century Very RAREAntique CHINESE Qing PHOTOGRAPH Women With Long Nails 19th C Century Very RAREAntique CHINESE Qing PHOTOGRAPH Women With Long Nails 19th C Century Very RARE

This is a faded cabinet photo with "so so" edges, but the subject is fantastic! and a genuine Chinese photo from the Qing Dynasty is incredibly rare.

This one, circa 1880-1900, shows 2 Chinese ladies in silk outfits, standing in front of a piece of bamboo furniture with a green plant at the bottom, and what is probably painted foliage on top.

The focus of the photograph seems to be their hands, as they have these incredible nail extensions of the time, usually cloisonne pieces worn on the ring finger, and a sign of aristocracy.

The photographer has placed the ladies artistically: one in dark to the left (but with light accessories for the contrast) the other in white to the right.

And so their long nails become very visible, he has made them both hold the bamboo shelf in the center so as to reveal their hands symmetrically.

No doubt this photograph was carefully conceived in the cabinet before it was shot!

The ladies who are thin and petite, with delicate features, also have bound feet, but they mostly disappear under their long silk pajamas. They would show better if they were sitting, but you still can see them.

Besides their very chic nail extensions, the lady to the left also has a big watch hanging at the front of her outfit, no doubt another sign of social status.

A small treasure to keep preciously as it is unlikely it will lose any value with time.

CONDITION: The piece has several splits on the right side, where a small part was reattached with tape at the back, and a split on the left. (Please see pics) The photograph is glued to a piece of antique cardboard, which I would rate as "fatigued"!.

MEASUREMENTS: Length: 5 3/4". Width: 4".

Will be shipped Expedited from Paris including insurance and signature at delivery.

Item ID: 1731CHN


LAYAWAY Plan Available

Antique CHINESE Qing PHOTOGRAPH Women With Long Nails 19th C Century Very RARE

$495 USD

Add to Cart Make Offer
Questions about this item?
Email Shop

14 other shoppers have this item in their Cart or Wish List


Nicole La Bay


N. A Stenger
San Francisco
CA
  

French and European Art & Antiques. GLORIOUS FLORALS! We have artists in major Museums. Layaways

.

Exclusive Ruby Lane Member since 2008

Shipping & Handling:$24.50 USD
Insurance:Included
Shipping to: USA
change
Promotional Shipping Rules apply

More from Nicole La Bay