Book Description
Eight (8) albumen carte-de-visite photographs, quite likely taken and produced by the leading Pun Lung studio of Hong Kong, mostly individual portraits of Chinese civilians, one being a group scene. Photographs measure approximately 9cm x 6cm, mounted onto heavy rose cdv cardstock measuring only slightly more. One mount is stamped 'Hong Kong. Canton.' to verso. Contained in a brown leather book-styled slipcase with gilt rules and gilt title 'Portraits' to spine, measuring approximately 11 x 7 x 3 cm. One card creased at center, otherwise the lot in very good condition, beautifully preserved and retaining a crisp image.
Dealer Notes
The Pun Lun Studio was a large and successful studio producing various types of photographs, including landscape views, however most of the surviving works attributed to the studio are carte-de-visite portraits. The tell-tale simple and vivid pink card mounts are rather uncommon for the period, and were used by Pun Lung. The studio table and chair seen in two of the portraits are also well-known to have been in the Pun Lung studio and frequently used in his portrait sittings.
Some of the striking images preserved in this lot show: an elderly woman with bound feet, a young man of the lower class holding a traditional woven hat typically worn by workers in the rice paddies or tea fields, a barber and his client, a water carrier boy whose two vessels surely weigh more than him when filled, a savant in fine silk clothing and adorned footwear, and a group of men peering on a broadside mounted to a stone pillar in the street
Author Pun Lung Studio
Date circa 1880
Condition The lot in very good condition, beautifully preserved and retaining a crisp image.

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