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Attributed to Spoilum (Chinese, active c. 1770-1805) Portrait of a Sea Captain James Breath of New York City.

Auction:
2482
Lot:
135
Sold for:
$16,590$14,000

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Auction:
American Furniture & Decorative Arts - 2482
Location:
Boston
Date / Time :
November 08, 2009 11:00AM

Description:

Attributed to Spoilum (Chinese, active c. 1770-1805)

Portrait of a Sea Captain James Breath of New York City. Unsigned, subject identified in inscriptions on labels affixed to the reverse. Oil on canvas, 27 x 21 in., in a period gilt-gesso frame with eglomise mat. Condition: Relined, craquelure.

Note: James Breath was born in New York City sometime around 1775. He married Elizabeth Breath Leggett (b. April 1, 1778, and daughter of a notable figure in the Revolutionary War, Abraham Leggett) on October 16, 1800. They resided in New York and had nine children.

Estimate $1,500-2,500

Craquelure seems stable, no evidence of retouch.

Keywords

James Breath, New York City, Elizabeth Breath Leggett, Abraham Leggett

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