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August 11, 2013 10:00 AMCalender

Spoilum (Chinese, active c. 1770-1805) Portrait of a Member of the British East India Company.

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Auction: American Furniture & Decorative Arts - 2669MLocation: MarlboroughDate / Time: August 11, 2013 10:00AM


Spoilum (Chinese, active c. 1770-1805)

Portrait of a Member of the British East India Company. Unsigned. Oil on canvas, 21 1/2 x 18 in., in a later carved and gilded wood frame. Condition: Relined, minor retouch, stable craquelure.

Literature: See The Decorative Arts of the China Trade, Carl Crossman, 1991, pp. 34-53, for further information about Spoilum, including illustrations of his portraits, in particular, two examples depicting two portraits of East India Company members wearing blue jackets with similar gilt braiding and English rampant lion embossed buttons, p. 45, plate 10, and p. 48, plate 11.

Estimate $15,000-25,000

Scattered minute spots of retouch on forehead, around eyes, few small spots on upper lip and chin, sparse spots to backgrounds, several spots around edges; a half-inch sliver of paint loss is barely seen at upper right edge.

The absence of a condition statement does not imply that the lot is in perfect condition or completely free from wear and tear, imperfections or the effects of aging. Condition requests can be obtained via email (lot inquiry button) or by telephone to the appropriate gallery location (Boston/617.350.5400 or Marlborough/508.970.3000). Any condition statement given, as a courtesy to a client, is only an opinion and should not be treated as a statement of fact. Skinner Inc. shall have no responsibility for any error or omission.


East India, British East India Company, Carl Crossman, East India Company