Chinese-export Gouache, ca. 1910
I got it a few weeks ago at an outdoor flea market in Ohio for $20.
It's Chinese. It's what we refer to as a Chinese export painting. It's gouache on paper. And she's a beautiful woman. Chinese export painting, the high points are during the 18th and 19th century. This is a little bit late, this is into the first quarter, second quarter of the 20th century. So there's a real Deco feel to me about the painting. These interior paintings, or portraits, can be highly detailed. So you may have the tea cup on the left may be painted with a gilded rim, and then a famille rose depiction. There may be a lot more going on. This is kind of bare bones. We're focusing on her beauty. In a retail setting, this would be worth $3,000.
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