Reverse Glass Chrysanthemum Still Life

c. 1900
$480 USD
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Dimensions
W: 10.25" D: 1.5" H: 14.25"
Materials
Paint
Metal
Glass
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Collection #
CJKA029F
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$38

This colorful floral still life is a charming example of Chinese reverse glass painting. Popularized during the Qing dynasty, reverse glass painting requires an artist to essentially work backwards, starting with details and shading before adding color and form. Lending the finished work a subtle three-dimensional effect, this exacting technique doesn't allow for any corrections, and is only revealed to its full effect when the glass pane is turned around.

This example dates to the early 20th century and depicts a tabletop arrangement of spider chrysanthemums in a tall vase decorated with bats, clouds, and a lotus base. Auspicious offering fruits sit on either side of the elaborate vase. The scene is contrasted by a mirrored background and set within an updated silvery frame.

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