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MOTHER OF PEARL SHELL PAINTING

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Mother of Pearl shell ship painting,China
Sales price $250
SKU: new1010ws
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Description

Mother of pearl shell painting of a sailing cargo vessel illustration. I acquired this piece in Manila, Philippines in the 1970's, but it most likely originated in China and was a trade item. It dates from the late 19th century, is signed by the artist, 'H. Sam . . .?' and measures 10" high x 9" wide. There is some minor small paint flake loss but otherwise in good condition.

Mother of Pearl's organic name is Nacre (neikar / Nay-ker / naeker / NAK-re) and is an organic-inorganic composite material produced by some molluscs as an inner shell layer. It also makes up the outer coating of pearls. It is a strong, resilient and iridescent material.