The Sampans from Canton
(Sampanerna från Kanton)
The Sampans from Canton is an award-winning book consisting of 99 Chinese gouaches from the second half of the 18th century. In minute detail, they depict an entire community afloat on the water, with the various sampan vessels used for everything from the sale of fruit and religious ceremonies to warfare and thievery.
Together, these gouaches constitute one of the largest collections of hand-painted Chinese works preserved from this period.
The Sampans from Canton: F H af Chapman’s Chinese Gouaches is also available in a Bibliophile edition of 49 copies signed by the Chairman of Nordstjernan, Viveca Ax:son Johnson. The limited edition consists of the book, in a silk-clad box, along with a separate print of one of the paintings in a silk-clad portfolio.