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'UNE FAMILLE CHRÉTIENNE' A RARE CHRISTIAN-SUBJECT DOCUMENTARY CHINESE PAINTING, QING DYNASTY, GUANGXU PERIOD, DATED 1881

£ 12,500

Reference
1811
£12,500
Painted ink and watercolour on paper, blue silk mount, inscribed in black ink in French 'Une famille chretienne' Dessine a l'orphelinat de Chou (sic) chan-wan' depicting figures from the orphanage seated on a garden terrace,  a seated Chinese scholar holding a red book, accompanied by two young male attendants, a seated lady holding a crucifix accompanied by three younger children, a European-subject painting of the Holy Family hanging on the wall behind a Chinese altar table, flanked by two colophons, inscribed with three Chinese verses and three seal impressions in red ink.

The painting was made in the library of the Tousewe (Shanghai dialect pronunciation 'Tushanwan') Orphanage which was established by Jesuit priest's in Shanghai in1864. The painting is dated to the Summer of 1881, the calligraphy is signed by a priest, named Ci Huwei. Today the orphanage is now the Tousewe Museum.
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