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PROPERTY FROM THE MELLON FAMILY COLLECTION

A VIEW OF TWO HOUSES ON THE BUND, SHANGHAI, STUDIO OF CHOW KWA, QING DYNASTY, MID-19TH CENTURY
Estimate
20,00030,000
LOT SOLD. 25,000 USD
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PROPERTY FROM THE MELLON FAMILY COLLECTION

A VIEW OF TWO HOUSES ON THE BUND, SHANGHAI, STUDIO OF CHOW KWA, QING DYNASTY, MID-19TH CENTURY
Estimate
20,00030,000
LOT SOLD. 25,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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A VIEW OF TWO HOUSES ON THE BUND, SHANGHAI, STUDIO OF CHOW KWA, QING DYNASTY, MID-19TH CENTURY
oil on canvas, a finely detailed and spacious rendering of two European trading houses, separated by a large expanse of lush green lawn dotted with a pair of grazing sheep, an ornamental water fountain, and a trellised gazebo, with further houses in the background, the foreground with two porters strolling along walled and gated road, gilt-wood frame, Chow Kwa (fl. 1850-1880) studio label on the back of the frame
20 1/4 x 32 in.; 51.4 x 81.3 cm
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Provenance

Child's Gallery, Boston (inscribed on frame).
Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, and thence by descent. 

Catalogue Note

The present painting bears the studio label on the back which gives both the westernized name Chow Kwa as well as the Chinese name Su Zhaocheng to identify the artist. Chow Kwa's refined painting style, technical ability and panoramic compositions earned him both high regard and success among collectors of the genre.  The artist's skillful handling of light, particularly as it interacts with clouds and water, is one of many traits that distinguish his work.   

A closely related painting of a house on the Bund ascribed to Chow Kwa is illustrated in Patrick Conner, Paintings of the China Trade, The Sze Yuan Tang Collection of Historic Paintings, Hong Kong Maritime Museum, Hong Kong, 2013, pl. 39. A panoramic view of the Bund of larger dimension from the Albright Knox Collection was sold in these rooms, March 19, 2007, lot 365.

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