Chinese school Possibly Cao Kai Tai (Cantonese), circa 1810
Lot 128
Chinese school Possibly Cao Kai Tai (Cantonese), circa 1810
Sold for AU$ 4,800 (US$ 4,182) inc. premium

Lot Details
Chinese school Possibly Cao Kai Tai (Cantonese), circa 1810 Chinese school Possibly Cao Kai Tai (Cantonese), circa 1810 Chinese school Possibly Cao Kai Tai (Cantonese), circa 1810 Chinese school Possibly Cao Kai Tai (Cantonese), circa 1810 Chinese school Possibly Cao Kai Tai (Cantonese), circa 1810 Chinese school Possibly Cao Kai Tai (Cantonese), circa 1810 Chinese school Possibly Cao Kai Tai (Cantonese), circa 1810 Chinese school Possibly Cao Kai Tai (Cantonese), circa 1810 Chinese school Possibly Cao Kai Tai (Cantonese), circa 1810 Chinese school Possibly Cao Kai Tai (Cantonese), circa 1810 Chinese school Possibly Cao Kai Tai (Cantonese), circa 1810 Chinese school Possibly Cao Kai Tai (Cantonese), circa 1810
Chinese school
Possibly Cao Kai Tai (Cantonese), circa 1810
Watercolour and gouache on paper, the 12 framed paintings vividly depicting the Feast of the Lanterns, different parades of people dressed in Qing dynasty official garments, some carrying Peking opera platforms where the artists dressed in opera outfits, performing, some carrying lanterns of different forms and themes, including animals, antiquities, Buddhist emblems, traditional auspicious symbols, and some carrying large fans and canopies.
44.2cm x 25.5cm

Footnotes

  • Provenance:

    Private collection NSW.
    According to the framing, the paintings were originally bought from the Asian Collector Ltd, and Galerie de Monde in Hong Kong.
    Verso of each frame, a label attributes further provenance; "From an album commissioned from the artist by James Brabazon Urmston given by him to his daughter Elizabeth in 1811. Urmston was president of the East India Company in China"

    Footnote:

    The Festival of the Lanterns takes place from the 13th to the 16th of the first month of the Chinese year. It is rated in importance next to the New Year celebrations. The two feasts have now to a large extent been combined. Lanterns were lit on the evening of the 15th, a full moon, crackers were thrown and paper dragons were paraded through the streets and special cakes and dumplings were distributed
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