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An Operatic Performance Outside a Village
1788
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This is a typical piece of Chinese export art for the European market during eighteenth century. It portrays the rich details of a temporary stage in a rural setting in South China, and the size is exceptionally large among export paintings.

History of the Object
Provenance: Giuseppe Vallardi (1784–1863), Milan

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Type
Painting 
Materials
Gouache on paper 
Measurements
Width 80 cm. Length 49 cm.  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
South China 
Geography
China 
Time period
AD 19th century ~ AD 19th century 
Creation date
18th Century; 1780s 
Function
It is a Chinese export painting created in western media, appealing to the westerners who were curious about the customs and habits of Chinese people. 
Acquisition
Purchased from Martyn Gregory. Donated by the University of Hong Kong Museum Society in 2007. 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
The University of Hong Kong 
Museum
University Museum and Art Gallery, The University of Hong Kong 
Credit line
Collection of the University Museum and Art Gallery, The University of Hong Kong 

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