Chinese School, 19th Century
Pair of China Trade Genre Scenes. Unsigned. Oil on canvas, one depicting three musicians in an interior with a view to a terrace garden, the other depicting a woman and three children with a view of a terrace garden, 18 1/2 x 24 in., in original Chinese Chippendale-style carved and painted wood frames. Condition: The musicians painting has been relined, stable craquelure, minor retouch to upper edge, lower right corner, and infilling to craquelure on figures; the woman and three children painting has a tear at u.c., repaired tears u.l. and l.c. with associated retouch, scattered retouch to edges and craquelure, minor spots of paint loss.
Provenance: The paintings were brought back from China by the consignor's great uncle, a sailor, in 1850.
Woman and children: The large tear at u.c is about 8 in. lg. and the left end of it extends down another 3 in., it is backed with a piece of masonite and is loose from it.