Man Fixing the Broken Porcelain Vase
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A man with a long beard wearing a straw broad-brimmed hat sits on a low stool, turned three-quarters to the left. He is wearing a long blue shirt and light brown trousers rolled up to his knees. The man is depicted barefoot. In his lap, the man is holding a cracked porcelain vase wrapped with thin rope, which he is fixing with a pointed tool and a long wooden rail. The man sits surrounded by boxes, one of which bears a red label with hieroglyphics. The etching comes from the album "Customs and National Costumes of the Chinese," which includes 60 images of Chinese people engaged in various activities. Each image is accompanied by an explanation in German and some in French. In the 18th century, artists in Canton (Guangzhou) in southern China created these paintings for Europeans eager to learn more about China and its people.
In the lower left corner there is a calligraphic inscription: "Pu-Qua.Canton. Delin." made in Indian ink. In the lower right corner there is an inscription: "Dadley.London.Sculpt". In the top right corner – number "23".