Chinese watercolour from around 1850. Oliva, Angaria, Merica , etc.
Item ID 70065
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 water-coloured images of shells by an unknown artist. The genera are usually very recognizeable, 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. Some light foxing, but not very distractive. A unique item. A fine Chinese watercolour of shells on rice paper