A 19th Century Chinese Botanical Watercolour


  • £900.00
  • €1,066 Euro
  • $1,183 US Dollar

United Kingdom

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A 19th Century Chinese Botanical Watercolour

A 19th century Qing dynasty Chinese watercolour featuring a botanical scene on pith paper. A broken branch suspended mid page features a striking butterfly atop a vivid reddish orange camellia flower with a small beetle crawling from the leaves below. Framed in gilt and dark brown velvet complimenting the vivid palette.

This type of Chinese painting, often referred to as an export painting, was created as a souvenir for travelling westerners throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, being both easier to transport and less costly than an oil painting. The uniform robustness of pith paper, cut directly from the dense wood of a tree native to the Ginseng family, allowed incredibly delicate and rich depictions of landscapes and botanical subjects.

Condition: Marking and creasing to the surface of the paper due to age. Some chipping to the gilt around the frame.


  • H: 51.5cm (20.28in)
  • W: 41.5cm (16.34in)
  • D: 5cm (1.97in)



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Babette Kulik and Michael Selzer are dealers specialising in twentieth century furniture and decorative arts. They joined forces in 2013, being both passionate about design and recognising that a great piece can transcend beyond a single movement or era.

Michael Selzer is a graduate in Fine art painting from St Martins College of Art and completed an MA in Curating contemporary art at Goldsmiths. As a specialist in post-war European and American art and 20th century decorative art and design, Michael began dealing in 1998. He has curated work by Tim Noble, Jason Shulman, Paul Winstanley and Mel Bochner and contributed to Art Review Magazine.

Babette Kulik began her career working in fashion, initially for Chanel later moving to Tom Ford for Gucci, before going solo and setting up a bespoke interior shopping service for clients internationally. As a taste-maker Kulik has also advised brands such as Hermès and John Lobb.

Kulik is really a dealer with turbo-charged extras. A mine of information…happy trawling the high street or scouring auction houses for the perfect piece.”
- Lisa Armstrong, The Times.

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