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Lot 54Spoilum
Chinese, fl. 1774-1805
A Shipwrecked Sailor Boy Telling his Story at a Cottage Door
Inscribed with title below the image
Oil on canvas
20 1/8 x 24 inches (51.2 x 61 cm)

Martyn Gregory, London

Martyn Gregory, Winter Antique Show, 1995

Carl Crossman, The Decorative Arts of the China Trade
(Woodbridge, Sussex, 1991), p. l66, colorplate 55
This is a Chinese export interpretation of an engraving by Thomas Gaugain (Anglo-French, 1756-1812) after a painting by William Redmore Bigg, published in London in 1792. According to Carl Crossman (see work cited above, p. 166), this painting "would have certianly seem to have come from the hand of Spoilum."

C An Upper East Side Private Collection

Sold for $11,970
Estimate $1,000-2,000

Glue relined. Visible craquelure. Repaired hole (roughly 1 inch in diameter) in the sky in the upper right quadrant. Scattered touches of restoration, including one long line of repair running horizontally across the painting about 2 inches below the upper border.

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