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.