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Zoology - Butterflies - China Export album with Chinese drawings on mark paper, possibly from the studio of Sunqua, about 1850. 12 sheets of mark paper with fine watercolours or gouaches of butterflies and other insects from China, each under a blue silk border and mounted on plain paper. Size approx. 20 x 30 cm. Cross folio. Patterned silk binding of the period with cloth clasps (edges rubbed, spine torn at the capitals and with small flaw). Chinese export watercolors were painted in China's port cities for sale to Western customers in the late 18th and 19th centuries. The watercolours and gouaches were first painted on European papers (especially on paper produced by the English company J. Whatman), but later on mark-up paper made from the marrow of the Chinese plant Tongcao (Tetrapanax papyrifera, rice paper tree). Many of the watercolours were painted in thematic series (such as crafts, domestic interiors and gardens, boats, birds, mandarins, punishments, etc.). Especially popular were sets explaining the tea culture, silk industry and porcelain production, as they explained the products that were sent to the West. The watercolours were painted in workshops using mass production techniques, so there may be more than one version of the same "original painting". - Marking paper sheets with marginal glazes and some backed faults at the corners, in total but in very good condition. Butterflies - Chinese export album - An album of Chinese export pith paintings maybe from the studio of Sunqua, circa 1850 Each leaf has a fine representation of butterflies and other insects from China and is mounted within a blue silk border on a plain paper page. There are 12 paintings (ca. 20 x 30 cm) in all. Square Folio. 12 leaves. Contemporary patterned silk binding. - Chinese export watercolors were painted in the port cities of China for sale to western customers in the late 18th and 19th centuries. Works were done in watercolor or go

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