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Architectural paintings of the Company School

  From a collection in France, this set of architectural paintings is typical of depictions of famous landmarks in India created by Indian artists for European collectors in the 19th century.

Famous tombs and mausoleums of Mughal Emperors, palaces and castles, those watercolors on Asian or English paper would come in various formats; the present set has the particular feature of including human figures.

The set is mounted as a pair of 3 paintings each.


                                         When an object takes you far away!

                                                   With Pierre Frenay, in Marius

                                                                  by Marcel Pagnol

                                            Click on the bottom right of the painting and activate the sound

Anglo Chinese botanical watercolour

The Botanical Paintings of China for the European Market

  While China has a very ancient tradition of botanical paintings, we are more familiar with the exquisite examples realised around 1800, such as Farquhar Collection, realised between 1819 and 1823, part of which can be viewed on a permanent exhibition at the National Museum of Singapore.

Commissioned by the members of the East India Company, this family of work also corresponds to an explosion of curiosity and exploration in Europe, fuelled by the trade between Europe and Asia notably.


For further reading, we suggest  “Chinese botanical paintings for the export market”

Published By Karina H. Corrigan; from The Magazine ANTIQUES, June 2004: see link:

We are pleased to exhibit currently a set of three paintings, circa 1820. Those large formats were painted on Chinese paper. A very similar painting of Chestnut as above was sold in Bonhams in 2007.

Company School, circa 1820 - auctions & price archive (

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