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A5617 Set of paintings (12), ink / rice paper, in a cardboard box, depicting the Chinese tea industry, maker unrecorded, China, 1850 - 1900. Click to enlarge.

Set of paintings depicting the Chinese tea industry

Made in China, Asia, 1850-1900.

Set of paintings (12), coloured ink on rice paper, in a cardboard box, depicting the Chinese tea industry, China, 1850 - 1900

Set of 12 scenes depicting facets of the Chinese tea industry, handpaited on Chinese rice paper. Each scene is backed by a stronger piece of paper and bordered by a strip of blue ribbon brocade with a white flower pattern. Each scene depicts a different facet of the Chinese tea making industry. They include planting, nurturing and harvesting the tea; two scenes showing t...

Summary

Object No.

A5617

Object Statement

Set of paintings (12), ink / rice paper, in a cardboard box, depicting the Chinese tea industry, maker unrecorded, China, 1850 - 1900

Physical Description

Set of paintings (12), coloured ink on rice paper, in a cardboard box, depicting the Chinese tea industry, China, 1850 - 1900

Set of 12 scenes depicting facets of the Chinese tea industry, handpaited on Chinese rice paper. Each scene is backed by a stronger piece of paper and bordered by a strip of blue ribbon brocade with a white flower pattern. Each scene depicts a different facet of the Chinese tea making industry. They include planting, nurturing and harvesting the tea; two scenes showing the tanning of tea leaves; two scenes showing the grading of tea; three scenes showing the stages of packing tea for sale; the sale of tea and tea drinking. The set is contained within a cardboard box, the lid of which has a transparent glass panel.

Dimensions

Height

82 mm

Width

111 mm

Production

Notes

Sets of cards like these were produced in 19th Century China as souvenirs. They were often mounted in albums and depicted various scenes of Chinese life such as tea making, craftsmen at work, Chinese punishments or flowers and birds.

Made

China, Asia 1850-1900

Source

Credit Line

Gift of Estate of the late Annie Paul, 1969

Acquisition Date

7 May 1969

Cite this Object

Harvard

Set of paintings depicting the Chinese tea industry 2019, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 27 May 2019, <https://ma.as/183801>

Wikipedia

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