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A trading junk

Fine art

Object connections:

Collection Fine art, Oil paintings
ExhibitionsTraders: The East India Company and Asia
User collections Sailing ship by Claus
Tea: breaking into the tea trade by NMMExhibitions
Gallery locationTraders Gallery (Floor plans)

Object details:

Object ID BHC1182
Description On the sail of the junk shown there is an inscription bearing five Chinese characters, namely, 'Fo Shan Lian He Dian Zao' ('manufactured by the United Shop in Foshan') The inscription probably refers to the manufacturer of the sails, rather than the name of the artistic workshop from which the picture came. See additional notes on BHC1181. Painted on the stern of the junk are three Chinese characters 'Li Wan Jin' ( from right to left), literally 'May our profit be ten thousand pieces of gold'. To the left is an American full-rigged ship, possibly a warship or a trader decorated in 'painted ports' style; to the right a rakishly rigged and fast British brigantine. All the vessels are shown in almost flat calm.
Date made 19th century

Artist/Maker Chinese School, 19th century
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Caird Collection
Materials Oil on canvas
Measurements Painting: 735 mm x 1105 mm; Frame: 837 mm x 1178 mm x 47 mm
  • A trading junk (BHC1182)
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