A Chinese Shoe-maker; Original Nineteenth Century Watercolor of Chinese Tradesman. Anonymous.
A Chinese Shoe-maker; Original Nineteenth Century Watercolor of Chinese Tradesman

A Chinese Shoe-maker; Original Nineteenth Century Watercolor of Chinese Tradesman

British Isles: c. 1820. Archivally framed in Ivory rag matting with neo-classical gilt moulding. A scarce and charming original early nineteenth century watercolor painting on wove paper. (7.75 x 5.75 inches, 196 x 146 mm.) The painting has been tipped onto ecru wove album paper of the period, as was the custom, yet the watercolors remain vibrant and rich. Although the origin of this lovely painting is unknown, a refined and experienced hand clearly created this balanced composition of a Chinese shoemaker, seated between two large woven baskets, attending to his stitching of leather bits. The details are fine; both the tones and shading display the painter's astute understanding of composition and perspective. The artist no doubt was an 'armchair or parlor' watercolorist, likely an aristocratic gentlewoman or man who sought inspiration from the vast array of published volumes, complete with engraved plates, of the trades, and costumes of the then exotic regions of the globe. The trades and costumes of China were well documented by the turn of the nineteenth century, thus the inspiration seems apparent. Fine condition. Item #3198

Price: $995.00

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