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Rare Group of Four China Trade Watercolor Paintings of Porcelain Production

Ca: 1820


Part of a larger group in which each painting depicts a step in the process of making porcelain: Nos. 4 (Turning the Bowls); 5 (Shaping and Modeling Vases and Pots); 6 (glazing the Porcelain); and 8 (Decorating the Porcelain). Each is mounted in a simple Western matte, and framed.
Size: 26 x 22 ¼ inches (66 x 56.5 cm.) framed
The paintings: approximately 18 ¾ x 14 ¾ inches (46.3 x 36.7 cm.)
Ex: American Collection and with shop labels on the reverse of each frame from The Old Print Shop (New York) from probably mid-1900’s).
NOTE: The Peabody Essex Museum has a complete set that is illustrated and described by Carl Crossman in The Decorative Arts of the China Trade, 1991, p. 179, and Appendix G (pgs. 438and 439).  Interestingly, the paper upon which these paintings were done was imported into China from England or the United States (see Crossman, p. 177).

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