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Lot 165: A portrait of a Hong merchant, style of Spoilum, 19th/20th century
October 25, 2016
Woollahra, AustraliaLive Auction
A portrait of a Hong merchant, style of Spoilum, 19th/20th century
oil on canvas, the merchant shown half length facing forward wearing a black Mandarin hat and fur trimmed blue robe bearing a civil rank badge, his left hand clasping part of his long beaded necklace, his face with intent gaze and slight smile
71 x 53 cm
Spoilum whose Chinese name was Guan Zuolin was active in Guangzhou between 1785 and 1810. He painted portraits of Chinese and Western merchants and sea captains in the Western style with oil on canvas. He also mastered the European technique of reverse glass painting. He was one of a family of artists including his grandson Lam Qua.
Compare with a portrait of a Hong merchant sold Chinese Export Art, Christie's New York, 25 January, 2011, lot 151; and again from the Collection of Irvin and Anita Schorsch: Hidden Glen Farms, at Sotheby's, New York, 20 January 2016, lot 232