No date. Circa early to mid 1800s.
Original Chinese watercolor painting on pith paper, image approximately 4 1/4 x 6 1/2 inches. The sheet has been tipped onto an album sheet; two small holes in the pith paper at lower left, not affecting the image area. Exquisite image with soft coloration of a bird in landscape. The fine detail of the painting suggests a date of the early to mid 1800s, as later nineteenth century examples of pith paintings were not as finely executed and rarely had a background. Item #53474