A CHINESE EXPORT REVERSE MIRROR PAINTING
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A CHINESE EXPORT REVERSE MIRROR PAINTING

MID-18TH CENTURY, WITHIN A LATER FRAME

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A CHINESE EXPORT REVERSE MIRROR PAINTING
MID-18TH CENTURY, WITHIN A LATER FRAME
Depicting of a pair of golden pheasants beneath a flowering tree peony with a pair of perched birds and butterfly in flight, within a later pierced foliate-carved giltwood frame, with inventory label inscribed D.R. 81.1019
35 in. (89 cm.) high, 21 in. (54 cm.) wide
Provenance
Acquired from Mallett & Son, London, October 1955.
Literature
D. Fennimore et al., The David and Peggy Rockefeller Collection: Decorative Arts, New York, 1992, vol. IV, p. 310, no. 327.
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Lot Essay

On visits to my parents' home at Bassett Hall in Colonial Williamsburg, Peggy and I had come to appreciate a number of Chinese paintings on glass, which had been done for the European market in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Accordingly, when we saw this painting in a carved gilt frame at Mallett's in 1955, we were attracted to it. We have three or four other paintings on glass of approximately the same period, but none has as attractive a frame as this one.
D. R.

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