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COLLECTION Identifier: arn00019

Chinese paintings of flowering plants, hand-colored on rice paper

Overview

18 Chinese botanical illustrations featuring insects. Gouache on pith paper, probably made in Canton, circa 1850.

Dates

  • circa 1850

Conditions Governing Access

Restricted: Material extremely fragile. Please contact botref@oeb.harvard.edu for additional information.

Extent

0.5 linear feet (1 box, 1 shared flat box) : 18 sheets : color illustrations ; detached from album with woven floral silk cover ; 22 x 34 cm + 25 x 38 cm
18 Chinese botanical illustrations featuring insects. Gouache on pith paper, edged with silk ribbon and further applied to paper. Probably made in Canton, circa 1850.

Title derived from bookseller’s description.

Bookseller’s description attached to album endpage: "Hand-colored on rice paper. Oblong folio, loosely mounted in silk borders on paper backgrounds. ... These appear to have been made around 100 years ago, and are all very exquisite, each plate having some appropriate insect hovering over the flower."

Provenance

Purchased, January 1912. Number [25,470].

Related Materials

Other related material at the Botany Libraries, Harvard University Herbaria:
  1. Chinese paintings of flowering plants [Another series]. arn00020.
  2. Illustrations of Chinese plants. gra00077.
Title
Chinese paintings of flowering plants, hand-colored on rice paper, circa 1850: A Guide.
Status
completed
Author
Botany Libraries, Arnold Arboretum Library (Cambridge), Harvard University.
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
English
EAD ID
arn00019

Repository Details

Part of the Botany Libraries, Arnold Arboretum Library (Cambridge), Harvard University Repository

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