Bertha Lum: Chinese Couple (Golden Phoenix and Ming Tei): Unlisted work

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Artist: Bertha Lum (1869-1954)
Title: Chinese Couple (Golden Phoenix and Ming Tei)
Date: 1932

According to the Bertha Lum catalogue raisonné website, this called Golden Phoenix and Ming Tei.  Beautiful, oversized design of a costumed Chinese couple appearing before a moon gate. She wears a robe decorated with phoenix birds, and a strange fruit grows on a tree behind them. This is a raised line work, done with her unique technique of molding wet paper to the block for a positive relief and then hand-painting the work and mounting it on strong paper.  On the back is written “Phoenix” in Lum’s handwriting. This work is not listed in the printed catalogue raisonné by Gravalos/Pulin.

Size: 65 x 41 cm
Signed: Bertha Lum (in pencil)
Condition: Very good impression, color and condition overall. Verso has some foxing and minor foxing in lower recto margin.