A fine Chinese watercolour of shells on rice paper


Chinese watercolour from around 1850. Oliva, Fissurella, Arca, Fulgonaria (?), etc.

Published 1851
Item ID 70063

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A fine watercolour depicting shells on pith paper. Oblong, 15.0 x 23.0 cm. Glass covered. In simple but elegant frame of 27.0 x 34.0 cm.

Delicately watercolour images of shells by an unknown artist. The genera are usually very recognizable, except for the volutid; species-level identification is less easy, but that of course has not been the aim of the artist, who painted the gastropods as mirror images. Small tear to lower middle part and some light foxing, but not very distractive. A unique item.

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