Lot 31
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CHINESE SCHOOL, MID-19TH CENTURY | Whampoa

Estimate
12,000 - 18,000 GBP
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Description

  • Chinese School, mid-19th century
  • Whampoa
  • titled lower centre
  • oil on canvas, in its Chinese ebonised frame

Provenance

Purchased by the father of the present owner; thence by descent

Catalogue Note

Lacking the experience to navigate the Pearl River, western captains would stop in Macao to hire Chinese pilots to continue their journey to Whampoa Island, today known as Pazhou Island, the deep-water anchorage and loading point for western fleets. From here, the final leg of the journey to shore would be by Chinese sampan.
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