Chinese Export Pith Painting, butterfly & flowers, mid 19thc
Delightful Chinese Export ‘Pith’ painting, with lifelike butterfly and flowering branch.
Mid 19th century
28cm x 22cm
Small rips to work
‘Pith’ refers to the paper the work is on, which is actually made from the inner ‘pith’ of a young tongcao tree – first soaked, the pith was carefully cut into paper-thin strips, and then dried out flat.
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