China Trade School, 19th Century
The Waterfront Hongs at Canton, China, 1847-1856. Unsigned. Oil on canvas, 23 1/2 x 33 1/2 in., in original Chinese carved and lacquered wood frame. Condition: Relined, scattered retouch, craquelure.
Provenance: Probably descended through one of the shipbuilding or seafaring Briggs families of Massachusetts, to Dr. Lloyd Vernon Briggs (1863-1941), psychiatrist, historian, and author, who penned numerous papers and volumes in the field of psychiatry, and also historical books including a genealogy of the Briggs families; then by family descent to the consignor. The back of the frame and stretcher retains three paper labels: two inscribed "L.V. Briggs 64 Beacon St., City" [Boston], and one indicating the painting was on loan to the Fogg Museum at Harvard.
Retouch mainly to spaces between lines of craquelure, the present craquelure appears to be fairly stable. There are small several paint losses to the edges and corners of the canvas at u.r.
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