CHINESE EXPORT PORTRAIT
Unknown Portrait of a young man, wigged and with a bow tie.
Painted on glass ̩.
Chinese Export Art reflects the complex interactions between the artistic traditions of the East and the West. This portrait was painted in China and was likely brought to the West by merchants who were in China to buy goods such as tea, spices, drugs, silk and porcelain. European shapes and styles crop up in Chinese Export Art which isn't surprising given the boistorous trade back and forth. Chinese Export Art was quite fashionable in swish Western homes and popped up as porcelain, furniture and other non-essential but very pretty decorative arts.
This painting is done in the manner of verre ̩glomis̩.
Verre ̩glomis̩, named after the French decorator Jean-Baptiste Glomy (1786), is also known as reverse painting on glass. It is an art form of applying paint to a piece of glass and then viewing the image by turning the glass over and looking through the glass at the image.