The 2017 Olympia Book Fair is now closed.

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to Battersea Evolution, 24-26 May 2018.
Hendrik Conscienceplein 16-18
Antwerp
Belgium
B-2000
Contact René Franken
Telephone +32 (0)3 233 32 48
Website www.demian.be
Specialists Modern literature, art, avant-garde, ephemera and archives
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Hendrik Conscienceplein 16-18
Antwerp
Belgium
B-2000
Contact René Franken
Telephone +32 (0)3 233 32 48
Website www.demian.be
Specialists Modern literature, art, avant-garde, ephemera and archives
Demian
Stand G04

Chinese hand-painted storybook, late 18th century.

Scenes from The Story of the Western Wing. , c.1750 - 1800

24 Original ink, watercolour and gouache paintings, depicting scenes from 'The Story of the Western Wing', a classic Chinese love story. The contemporary binding – wood, covered with patterned silk - shows traces of time. The fabric is faded and worn, revealing the wood’s structure. Fragments of the title-label are still to be seen on the cover, but unfortunately the text has vanished completely.

Twelve double pages, each with two images. The page size is
39:29,5 cm. The paintings are very well preserved, measuring 32:25,5 cm.

This beautiful set of high quality paintings was obviously made for the Chinese market, and not part of the more common trade paintings that were especially made for the European market. A remarkable detail worth mentioning is the use of a dream bubble in one of the images.
£38,000