Chinese collection

Item LL 8807

Accession no: LL 8807
Object type: Reverse Painting on Glass
Name: A lady riding on a horse and a man holding a lute
Materials: Paint on glass
Place made: Guangzhou (Canton), China
Date made: Qing Dynasty, Qianlong, c. 1780
Measurements: H. 65 cm, W. 40 cm

Description: Reverse painting on glass with a mirrored background, one of a pair (to LL 8808); with a lady riding on a horse in the countryside, accompanied by a man holding a pi pa, a Chinese musical instrument similar to a lute. The painting refers to ‘Zaojun Departs the Frontier’ a story about Wang Zhaojun, known as one of the ‘Four Beauties of Ancient China’. Original Chinese frame, lacquered and gilt. TMC Symonds is printed on the back. Royal Navy in commission.

Provenance
Bought from Frank Partridge, 5 March 1918, £80 (for a pair of Chinese mirror paintings; LL 8807 & LL 8808, which have been sent to The Hill), gifted to the Lady Lever Art Gallery, 1922. LLAG Invoice file No. 87.