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Reverse painting on glass, China, Early 19th C.

Glass painting developed as a folk art in Europe in the 16th century. Only at the start of the 18th century was the technique first applied and then refined in China.  Painting on glass and mirrors demanded extreme concentration because the pigments were applied in the reverse order making corrections afterwards impossible.

The paintings were primarily commissioned by foreigners who highly valued the level of detail and the fabulous, bright colours. The Chinese did not view it as a true art form.

  • M27CH - Mirror

  • Ø 7 cm. silver gift packed with brochure