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An Extremely Rare View of the American Settlement in Shanghai, Qing Dynasty, Tongzhi Period, Circa 1863 | 清同治 約1863年 上海虹口美租界遠眺

Estimate:

30,000 - 50,000 USD

Property from the Dilts Family Collection

An Extremely Rare View of the American Settlement in Shanghai, Qing Dynasty, Tongzhi Period, Circa 1863 | 清同治 約1863年 上海虹口美租界遠眺

An Extremely Rare View of the American Settlement in Shanghai, Qing Dynasty, Tongzhi Period, Circa 1863 | 清同治 約1863年 上海虹口美租界遠眺

Estimate:

30,000 - 50,000 USD

Lot sold:

69,300

USD

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Property from the Dilts Family Collection

An Extremely Rare View of the American Settlement in Shanghai

Qing Dynasty, Tongzhi Period, Circa 1863

清同治 約1863年 上海虹口美租界遠眺


gouache and watercolor on paper, finely painted with a panoramic view of the American Settlement in Shanghai between the Suzhou and Hongkou (Hongkew) creeks across the Huangpu river, with the First Protestant Episcopal Church in the center and other American houses behind the waterfront promenade bustling with figures, the Huangpu river with a variety of vessels including three paddle steamers, each inscribed with the respective names of the vessels FIRE.CRACKERFIRE DART, and FUSI-YAMA, and an American sailing ship flying the American flag at the rear and a flag inscribed with E on the center mast, framed and glazed


20 in. by 45 1/2 in.; 50.4 cm by 116.1 cm 

The work is laid down onto a modern thick card backing and a small proportion of the white borders have been covered by the existing mount. Upon examination beneath the mount along the right edge there are some minor losses of gouache to the covered extremities of the sheet. There are some small abrasions to the sheet and some very minor evidence of surface dirt. This is unsurprising in a work of this substantial scale. There is also evidence of some very minor water stains in places, though these are also pretty inconsequential given the overall scale of the work. The gouache itself remains in overwhelmingly good condition with the overall image strong and the colors fresh and vibrant throughout.


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Acquired by the King family in the second half of the 19th century

George Gordon King (1859-1922) and Annie Mackenzie Coats King (1860-1939), New York

Their son, Edward King (1901-1975), Pinehurst, North Carolina

His business partner, Sydney Donald ‘Don’ Sherrerd (1896-1994) and Virginia ‘Jenna’ Burrage Sherrerd (1904 -1985), Pinehurst, North Carolina

Their daughter, Lynne Sherrerd Dilts (1935-2020), Durham, North Carolina, and thence by descent to the current owners