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Chinese Pith Painting
Chinese Export Hung Mu Table Screen elaborately pierce carved and containing a 19th Century China Trade Pith Painting. The stand is in nearly perfect condition with one very small chip on the base. The period Pith Painting is in very good condition with a very slight stain in the upper right hand corner. Stand Dimensions: 12 1/2" X 10 1/2". Painting Size: 10" X 7". Water color paintings on Pith are often mistakenly referred to as Rice Paper Paintings. But Pith is a spongy cellular tissue in the stem of a small tree, Tetra Panax Papyifera, native to South-West China. It is cut by hand with a small, delicate knife into thin sheets of small size. The size is limited by the nature of the material and the process requires a highly skilled hand. The finished sheets are usually no more than 20 cm X 30 cm. These were painted by a handful of highly skilled Chinese artists who were painting to sell to the Western market. Westerners were very curious about the Chinese way of life, but they were barred from contact with the Chinese people by the Chinese government. The exotic was an important part of American and European decor in the 18th and 19th centuries, so traders from America and Europe brought these paintings back as souvenirs of their travels and to sell to people back home. ** WE GUARANTEE THE AUTHENTICITY OF OUR MERCHANDISE AS REPRESENTED. ** 22-8BX

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