1926 Marble Pagoda Peking Si shan Peiping Chihli Hebei - ORIGINAL CH1


This is an original 1926 photogravure of a back view of the Marble Pagoda in Peking (Peiking, Peiping) in the Chinese province of Chihli. Note: The province of Chihli is now called Hebei and no longer includes Beijing (Boerschmann's Peking).

The image shown was photographed by German architect Ernst Boerschmann during his travels between 1906 and 1909.

Period Paper is pleased to offer an exceptional collection of historic original photogravures of the buildings, architecture, landscape, and sculpture of China. The actual border around the photogravure is larger than what is shown in the digital image, and each image has a caption which will be included with the item when shipped. However, we wanted to show you the actual image up close and the dimensions provided next to the "Size" above indicate the size of the actual photogravure only. The total size is approximately one inch larger in width and height. These original photogravures are not to be confused with the more common halftone prints. Each of these photogravures was created from an engraved plate and provides exceptional detail, contrast, warmth, and depth, making them excellent original images for framing.

The Photogravure Process. A photogravure is a photographic image produced from an engraving plate--an expensive and rarely used process today. Through the transfer of etching ink from an etched copperplate to special dampened paper run through an etching press, this process creates an image that registers an extraordinary variety of tones. This unique tonal range comes from photogravure's variable depth of etch--the shadows are etched many times deeper than the highlights unlike the halftone processes that merely vary dot size. The prints produced via this process have the subtle tones of a photograph and the art quality of a lithograph, making them extraordinarily collectible items.


This 85+ year old Item is rated Near Mint / Very Fine. No creases. No natural defects. No surface rub. No tears. No water damage. There is a blemish in the upper margin--please see digital image.

  • Product Type: Original Photogravure; Sepia
  • Grade: Near Mint / Very Fine
  • Dimensions: Approximately 6 x 8 inches; 15 x 20 cm
  • Authentication: Serial-Numbered Certificate of Authenticity w/ Full Provenance
  • Protection: Packaged in a custom archival sleeve with an acid-free black board (great for display, gift-giving, and preservation)

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