Miniature Reverse Painting

Object Name: 
Miniature Reverse Painting

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Object Name: 
Miniature Reverse Painting
Place Made: 
Accession Number: 
Overall H: 12.8 cm, W: 9.3 cm, D: 0.9 cm
Not on Display
Web Description: 
During the reign of the Qing emperor Kangxi (1662–1722), Jesuit missionaries introduced European techniques of glassmaking and apparently of reverse painting on glass in China. Chinese craftsmen excelled to such a degree, that Chinese reverse paintings on glass often are misidentified as being French or English. According to a contemporary source, most Chinese glass painters worked in Canton, which at the same time was the center of the trade with Europe. Miniature portraits, often executed in lacquer on copper, were very popular during the late 18th century, and the glass medallions with two European ladies follow this fashion. The portraits are very delicate. They might have been executed after watercolor or pastel portraits, but it is possible they depict ladies who actually stayed in China.
Keverne, Roger D., Source
Roger Keverne / Roger D. Keverne / 2nd Floor 16 Clifford Street London WIS3RG / Tel: 020 7434 9100 Fax: 020 7434 9101 / Email: [email protected]
Glue On back of painting. Rectangular white business card.
Sticker On back of painting, top right corner. Small rectangular white sticker with black text.
Primary Description: 
Colorless glass; paint, wood, gilding, brass. Small reverse painted portrait of a young European lady with chestnut hair and a diapanous white robe and headdress both trimmmed in red. The frame is black with an oval opening that has a gilded edge, the hardware is brass in color.
The Corning Museum of Glass Annual Report 2005 (2006) illustrated, p. 11, right; BIB# AI90241