Schiff, Fred: MASKEE. A Shanghai Sketchbook. Shanghai, c.1940. Title and 20 pp. of hand-coloured cartoons. 27x20 cm. Concertina-style album of Chinese patterned red silk. Staining to back cover.
A collection of racy hand-coloured cartoons, inspired by the life (or, rather, night- life) of the port of Shanghai, suitably captioned and altogether an amusing period piece. Schiff was the artist who most aptly caught the essence of the heady days of Shanghai in the early 20th century and, in particular, the interplay between Chinese and foreigner. This is no. 182 of a limited edition, hand-coloured and signed by the artist. This copy with red patterned silk covers still retaining good colour. The front cover with minor wear and marks. The back cover with staining which intrudes onto and down the top half of the spine of the last double page opening but does not affect the image. Internally, in good condition with occasional marks and mottling. Rare and delightful. Priced accordingly.
Subjects: Foreigners in Shanghai
Available, as of: 01/02/2019
Was item 607 in printed List 193.
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