Set of Four Early 20th Century Chinese Export Reverse Glass Painting Portraits


h 70cm


These four portraits of Dignitaries executed in the reverse glass painting technique, were made in the very last years of the Quing Dynasty, circa 1900-1910. The are exquisite examples of the genre, as can be seen in the attention to detail in the rendering of their faces and depiction of their royal robes. Reverse glass painting is exacting and painstaking, as it leaves no room for error on the part of the artist. The technique lends a three dimensional quality to the work and was mainly done as an export product for the European market. The portraits are in their original rosewood lacquered frames with brass fittings. They are in excellent condition. Sold as a set of four.