9. Pair of Portraits

A very unusual pair of oval oils on canvas depicting a pair of dignitaries from the Imperial household. Exquisitely painted , wearing yellow and blue imperial silk dragon robes, mandarin necklaces and both holding jade ruyi sceptres. In original gilt Chinese frames.  Inscribed on the rear: The Emperor and Empress of China painted by Youqua.

N.B: It is unusual to find this subject in oil on canvas.

Circa 1850’s
19 x 8.5 inches (26 x 21 cm)

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