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Indian gouache on mica, c1900
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Indian gouache on mica, c1900
Gouache: 3" x 4.25"
Frame: 10.75" x 13.75"

Indian Mica Paintings
(source: somersetandwood.com) Mica paintings featured a wide range of subject matter, including Hindu gods and goddesses, religious events, trades people and flora and fauna of the subcontinent. They were very popular around the middle of the nineteenth century, being produced in large numbers for the colonial tourist market: they imitated paintings on glass, which were popular in Europe at the time.

Mica paintings are generally small, and painted in gouache on one side of very thin, flexible sheets. Mica is a transparent mineral which is found throughout south India. The mica is formed between strata of granite, and the transparency of the material is a result of the heat and pressure created between layers of rock. Mica consists of many interlocking platelets, resulting in a laminar structure which can be split easily into thin sheets.

The appeal of mica as a support for painting is due to its very smooth surface: the paint sits on it without sinking in, making the colors very intense. Mica is a very brittle substance, however, meaning that it is relatively rare to find examples in perfect condition.
Condition
Good condition overall
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Indian gouache on mica, c1900

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0138: Indian gouache on mica, c1900

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Est. $200 - $300Starting Price $100
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Lot 0138 Details

Description
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Indian gouache on mica, c1900
Gouache: 3" x 4.25"
Frame: 10.75" x 13.75"

Indian Mica Paintings
(source: somersetandwood.com) Mica paintings featured a wide range of subject matter, including Hindu gods and goddesses, religious events, trades people and flora and fauna of the subcontinent. They were very popular around the middle of the nineteenth century, being produced in large numbers for the colonial tourist market: they imitated paintings on glass, which were popular in Europe at the time.

Mica paintings are generally small, and painted in gouache on one side of very thin, flexible sheets. Mica is a transparent mineral which is found throughout south India. The mica is formed between strata of granite, and the transparency of the material is a result of the heat and pressure created between layers of rock. Mica consists of many interlocking platelets, resulting in a laminar structure which can be split easily into thin sheets.

The appeal of mica as a support for painting is due to its very smooth surface: the paint sits on it without sinking in, making the colors very intense. Mica is a very brittle substance, however, meaning that it is relatively rare to find examples in perfect condition.
Condition
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Good condition overall

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