Chinese Pair (Diptych) Reverse Glass Paintings of Port Life - Early 18th Century


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This pair of reverse glass paintings are truly one-of-a-kind pieces. The scene has been beautifully rendered, with great attention paid to detail. These piece were created in China during the Qing dynasty (1644-1912). Reverse glass painting flourished in this period, kick-started by the Emperor Kangxi, and continued by Yongzheng and Qianlong. By the early 19th century, when this work was created, Chinese craftsmen had perfected the art of reverse glass painting, and were producing a great deal of work for export to Europe. Such paintings were highly sought after by the European elite, who bought them to fill their grand country homes with colour and beauty. Employing the reverse glass painting technique, the artist would have worked onto the back side of the glass sheet. Once completed, the work would be turned over and viewed through the front piece of glass. This method gave the painting a glimmering, jewel-like quality. Both are in original frames and in great condition.

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18th century (1700-1799)
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Dimensions (cm):
50,80H x 68,58W x 2,54D
Dimensions (inch):
20H x 27W x 1D
Creator / Artist:
Wood, Glass
Inventory ID:
Art Chinese China paint painting silkpaint Asia’s art antique art wallart frame
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