A VERY RARE SET OF FOUR VIEWS OF THE CHINA TRADE QING DYNASTY, EARLY 19TH CENTURY | 清十九世紀初 外銷風景畫一組四幅 銅片油彩 裝框
A VERY RARE SET OF FOUR VIEWS OF THE CHINA TRADE
QING DYNASTY, EARLY 19TH CENTURY
清十九世紀初 外銷風景畫一組四幅 銅片油彩 裝框
oil on brass, the first depicting Macao seen from the mainland with western sea vessels, the second depicting the Forts at Boca Tigris on the mouth of the Pearl River, the third depicting Whampoa Reach from Dane's island, the fourth depicting the Hongs of Canton flying the Danish, Spanish, American, Swedish, British and Dutch flags, all mounted in a modern gilt wood frame
Each height 3½ in., 8.9 cm; width 5⅛ in., 13 cm
The paintings present well. All four with varying degrees of retouching (which has discolored slightly and visible in the naked eye), mainly in the Hong painting. The Boca Tigris painting with a dent to the center.
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Herbert Schiffer Antiques, Exton, Pennsylvania
Childs Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts
The Collection of John Howland Ricketson III
Northeast Auctions, Hampton, New Hampshire, June 1, 1993, lot 71
Marguerite Riordan, Stonington, Connecticut
A very similar set of four paintings of identical subject matter, but painted in gouache on ivory, was sold at Christie's London, March 23rd, 1987, lot 239. A further set of four larger oil paintings on panel, but with a depiction of the French Folly Fort at Canton instead of the Hongs, was sold in these rooms, September 28th, 1989, lot 93.