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A RARE CHINESE 'TEA PRODUCTION' PAINTING, TINGQUA, GUAN LIANCHANG (1809-1870)

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1548
£125,000
Gouache on paper, signed 'Tingqua', bottom centre, original Chinese lacquer frame, depicting the production of tea, from planting to weighing the chests for export.

This bustling composition inscribed with a six-character shop sign which reads 'Dealers in various kinds of celebrated teas' with various new year banners hung on columns alluding to continuing good fortune and prosperity in trade.

One other version of this painting is known, although unsigned and is virtually identical, see Martyn Gregory, From Eastern Shores, Catalogue 96, 2016-17, page 98-99, pl. 117.

The Canton artist known to westerners as 'Tingqua' (Guan Lianchang) had his studio at 12, New China Street, Canton (Guangzhou). His brother was the well known portrait painter, 'Lamqua'. Tingqua specialised mostly in detailed landscapes and interior scenes.

For other examples of his work, see Carl L. Crossman, The Decorative Arts of The China Trade, colour plate 64. where he illustrates a painting of the artists studio, circa 1855.
More Information
Year Circa 1800 - 1899
Provenance The Berry Collection, Australia
Literature A similar example, although missing the Tingqua signature, was sold at Christie's New York, 25th January 2011, lot 234 for $116,500
Condition In good condition