VIEW OF THE PRAYA GRANDE, MACAU QING DYNASTY, CIRCA 1850
20,000 - 30,000 USD
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- canvas and wood
- Height 17 in., 44.4 cm; Width 30 1/2 in., 77.5 cm
Chinese School, oil on canvas, the painting depicting the view from south to north, with the Fortaleza do Monte in the center, St. Paul's Church, the Palacio and the East India Company headquarters, further right on the highest point is the Guia Fortress, the tranquil bay with trading and fishing vessels plying the shallow waters of the bay, framed
Macau was the oldest European settlement in China, leased to the Portuguese by the Ming emperor Jiajing (r. 1522-1567) in 1557. The Praya Grande was the principal waterfront promenade and its distinctive curving shoreline, with is dense rows of Western-style buildings, was among the most popularly depicted port views. The present vantage point is rare as most artists recorded the view of the harbor from north to south.