China Chinese Mandarin Asia 1719 Mallet miniature costume print ruler swordBrian DiMambro- Antiquarian Books, Maps & Prints
die Mandarins oder Rittersleite- Mandarins.
(China- ethnographic- Chinese Mandarins).
Issued 1719, Frankfort, Germany for A.M. Mallet.
Charming early 18th century "miniature" copper engraved ethnic costume print, with very pleasing detailed full hand color.
The Mandarin holds a golden staff in his hand, a long jewelled sword attached to his belt, great crown hat, a youthful attendant servant boy beside him.
The image has a near folk-art feel, a style of image quite unique to this time in printed history.
Sheet measures c. 7 3/4 " H x 5 3/4 " W.
Printed area measures c. 5 1/2" H x 4 " W
Tooleys Dictionary of Mapmakers , v. 3.