This fabulous Chinese painting on silk was painted during the 18th century, Qing Dynasty. The painting depicts an interior scene of a handsome young man gently wooing his beautiful young concubine/court lady. We adore the detailing to this very gentle and yet intimate interior scene. The scene was first meticulously painted in black ink with the very finest of paint brushes by a very skilled artist. The opaque colors vibrant and perfectly coordinated. Just look at the gnarled wood side table with bronze censor and blue bottle displayed upon it. We see a wall screen with rectangular tile type details beneath. The couple sit together on a large wooden bench with a green silk brocade cushion beneath for comfort. Their clothing is highly detailed to reflect the different luxurious fabrics, we see diaphanous silks to brocaded type silk. Both sitters have white faces with pink applied cheeks, their black hair swept up into knots each tied with silk ribbons and luxury hair combs. The use of red and blue really does make this painting pop.
This ancient Chinese art form transcends the centuries when fantastic scenes of love both within interior and garden settings were produced by painting upon silk. This genre was considered a highly important part of the Chinese culture. The very best artists were commissioned for these paintings, and the fantastical scenes would take the viewer to another world of eroticism and intimacy.
This small scene is a reduced in size survivor from what we believe would have originally been a larger depiction. This smaller size within the deep box adds to the sense of intimate harmony.
We have not opened the painting, not wishing to disturb the original art nouveau wooden frame. The painting on silk is housed behind old bubbled glass in a lovely 1860s deep box frame with inner gilt slip. The frame is complete with its original frame maker’s trade label. The framer's label reads ‘Wm. Whiteley, Ltd., Fine Art Department, Queens Road, W.2’. The frame has been unopened since it was housed at Whiteley’s store.
William Whiteley Limited was a large British retail company founded by William Whiteley in 1863. The business grew to include four department stores and a warehouse removals business. Interestingly, in 1907 its founder, William Whiteley, was murdered by Horace George Rayner, who claimed to be his illegitimate son, "Cecil Whiteley."
This is a stunning item in a wonderfully decorative 1860s frame.
Measuring: Frame width 8.5 inch (21.5 cm) by height 9.75 inch (25 cm). Frame depth 1.25 inch (3.5 cm). Total frame depth including backing 1.75 inch (4.5 cm). Aperture width 3.5 inch (9 cm) by height 4.5 inch (11.5 cm).
Condition: Age related undulation to silk as this is a salvaged fragment. Light surface wear to wood frame, some stable drying movement to bottom left corner of the frame.
Shipping: Too large for general postage. This item will ship for FREE via World Express courier. Buyers are responsible for any applicable import duties/taxes.
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18th Century Qing Dynasty Chinese Painting On Silk Concubine Scene Of Love, William Whiteley Frame Label
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