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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.

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

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