A truly fine pair of beautifully rendered China Trade gouaches on paper depicting scenes of porcelain production. The soft colors and idyllic settings make for such pleasing images, part of a series that would have illustrated every aspect of porcelain making process, a window into the exotic world of China for those back home, or, a souvenir for those who made the difficult journey to reap the profits of the China Trade. Either way, these are fantastic representations some of the time-consuming and laborious tasks required to create some of the world’s most sought-after porcelain. One painting depicts the gathering of wood to create the bundles that fueled the kilns, and the other represents the mining of the china clay that went into the formula for hard paste porcelain. The size of these is far larger than most examples, and to have a pair is always great.  Framed size 23″ x 28″, image size 14 1/2″ x 19 1/2″. Both handsomely matted and framed, some restoration and in-painting. Early 19th century.