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Skinner Auctions
Skinner Auctions Boston MA
2640B Boston
March 3, 2013 10:00AMCalender

China Trade School, 19th Century The Waterfront Hongs at Canton, China, 1847-1856.

Auction: American Furniture & Decorative Arts - 2640B Location: Boston Date / Time: March 03, 2013 10:00AM


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.
Estimate $15,000-25,000

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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China Trade School, China, Lloyd Vernon Briggs, Massachusetts, psychiatrist , historian, and author, Beacon St., Fogg Museum