Price range: £50,000-£100,000     REF No. 4421421

A GEORGE III PERIOD CHINESE EXPORT REVERSE MIRROR PAINTING

A fine mid 18th century Chinese export reverse mirror painting. The upright rectangular bevelled plate within the original pearl moulded giltwood frame depicting a Chinese courtly lady smoking a pipe on an opium bed, with a dog in the foreground, visible through the loosely draped open curtains is a meandering river with forest on its shores.

The same Chinese lady appears in a painting illustrated in Graham Child, ‘World of Mirrors’, wearing identical dress and jewellery, and also holding a pipe.

The Painting: Chinese export, Qianlong, circa 1775

The Frame: English, circa 1775

Height: 38 in; 96.5 cm
Width: 23 ¾ in; 60.5 cm


Literature:
Graham Child, ‘World of Mirrors 1650-1900’, London, 1990, p.351, illus. 818.