Qua - William Farquhar Stationery Holder - Malayan Tapir
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Lacquer on wood, packaged in fabric box
DIMENSIONS (L x W x H) CM
27 x 10 x 2
Qua presents the Stationery Holder with the artwork of the Malayan Tapir from the William Farquhar collection. It serves as an ideal gift to hold knick knacks and coins, suited for office and home use.
This is a juvenile Malayan tapir, as characterised by its spots and lines. William Farquhar reared one in his Malacca residence, noting its "timid disposition". This is one of the 477 watercolour drawings commissioned by William Farquhar, depicting the flora and fauna of the Malay peninsula at that time.
The collection comprises 477 watercolour drawings commissioned by William Farquhar, the first Resident and Commandant of Singapore (1819-1823), during his prior tenure as Resident of Melaka.
These natural history drawings depict the flora and fauna of the Malay Peninsula, most likely accomplished by local Chinese artists, with inscriptions identifying the species by their English and Malay names.
Farquhar brought this set along with him when he left Singapore, and subsequently donated it to the Royal Asiatic Society in London in 1827. In 1993, it was put up for auction and purchased by Mr G.K. Goh, who donated the entire collection to the National Museum of Singapore.