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CHINA TRADE REVERSE GLASS PORTRAIT OF AMERICAN NAVAL OFFICER Ca 1805

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This Interesting Painting Has Been Sold. Thank you!
 
CHINA TRADE REVERSE GLASS PAINTING
  AMERICAN NAVAL OFFICER

Oil on reverse glass                                                                         Unsigned
Unframed 12 1/4" H x 9 1/4" W                                                      Famed 15" H x 11 7/8" W

Presented is a China Trade reverse glass painting and original period frame of an American naval officer which was damaged at the Palm Beach Winter Antiques Show in January, 2008. Somehow in moving the painting into the show, it was cracked from the lower left corner to just to the left of the subjects head. The crack is hard to photograph and does not show when viewed from certain positions. We are offering it for $600.00 which is a drastic write-down of $1000.00, and significantly below our cost. It is shown in the picture, just below the large pressed brass Federal eagle.

 

CONDITION: There is a recent crack that starts in the lower left and runs to the top of the painting just to the left of the subject's head. In the lower left corner, there are two supplementary cracks that run 2 inches up the frame's vertical edge. There are preexisting faint threads of molten glass in an irregular pattern on the surface of the glass which date back to when it was made.

PLEASE NOTE: The picture in the gallery section below was taken with the larger piece of glass pushed forward and at a sharp angle to accentuate the damage. This makes it look worse than it appears when viewed from straight ahead. The photo was edited adjusting the angles of perspective to make it look as being taken from straight-on.  Also, what appears to be a crack under the hand holding the camera on the left is a reflection as is the darker round spot to the left of the head. It is repairable!

SOLD "AS IS, WHERE IS" WITHOUT WARRANTY other than as to the accuracy of the Statement of Condition and good title.

The portrait is waist high with the subject standing behind his ship's rail. Dating from the late 18th Century, it is of very high quality. The glass is old and shows many ripples and has some swirls of molten glass that appear as random superficial threads. There are no chips, but their are some tiny bubbles present. The original period frame has some minor nicks and is made using the tongue and groove method. Its dust cover has been replaced from the original.

The large cloud burst device on the subject's chest is a high order military award. There is significance in the vertical red and white stripped device on his chest likely signifies membership in the American "Sons of Liberty" whose flag used nine vertical stripes between 1767 and 1776.

The artist's technique is typical of the period using bright colors and an early attempt at dimensional shape using subtle shading. The hair and facial features are carefully portrayed by fine brush strokes.

BRIEF HISTORY OF GLASS PAINTING: Painting on glass dates back to the 13th Century in Italy and by the 17th Century had migrated to Central Europe and Germany's Bavarian region. A French artist created what is known as Verre Eglomise that changed the process. He painted on the underside of glass with out using a metallic background. In the late 18th century, the black painted silhouettes of statesmen, royalty and famous personages, with black and gold bands painted as borders were popular.

History has it that an Italian Jesuit priest, introduced the technique to China around 1715. Canton became the center for reverse glass painting. It became so popular that tourists would seek out the artists and have their portraits painted. By the 19th century it had become a common export to Europe. Popular subjects for the Chinese paintings included Chinese and European men and women as portraits in involved in various activities. Landscapes and harbor scenes are among the most rare subjects and among the most expensive when found. Collectors search for the many fine examples of China Trade reverse glass paintings from the early to late18th century.

Chinese craftsmen proved adept at copying Western styles and industrial-style workshops employed crews of low-paid artisans to create the wares that were sold at trade centers called "hongs," originally along the Pearl River at Canton and later throughout Asia. Since the artists considered themselves no more than workmen, most did not sign their works.

Today, signed paintings by the few that did such as Spoilum, Lamqua, Foeiqua, Sunqua and Tinqua can bring hundreds of thousands of dollars.

International buyers welcome, but inquire first.  We have satisfied customers in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Chile, China, Democratic Republic of Congo, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Nova Scotia, Rumania, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, USVI and the Eastern Caribbean.

SHIPPING & PACKING: The cost of shipping, packing, handling, and insurance to your destination is an additional charge. You may email us beforehand to get these costs. We price our shipping honestly, but we expect to be reimbursed for the nominal cost of packaging materials and handling.

ACCEPTED FORMS OF PAYMENT are Bank wire transfer, cashier's check, money order, or personal check in which case the item will be held until cleared. No credit cards or PayPal accepted.

What was a perfect and beautiful painting of the early China Trade Period with an American subject 

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