Chinese School painting, manner of George Chinnery, possibly intended for export. Oil on canvas landscape depicting a boat filled with people approaching the entrance to a walled city, with various figures at the steps to the entrance and red banners adorning the portal. Smaller boats are visible in the foreground, while trees, mountains and other buildings rise in the background. 20th century label en verso reads “1548 Oriental Harbor Scene”. Housed in an ebonized Chinese style molded frame with curved and notched corners and brass fret holders. Sight – 20 1/4″ H x 15 1/2″ W. Framed – 22 1/4″ H x 17 1/2″ W. Likely late 18th to early 19th century. Provenance: The estate of Delle Brown, Nashville, TN. Delle Brown and her late husband Malvern Brown were, for many years, the proprietors of Trace Tavern Antiques. CONDITION: Relined, with significant craquelure. 1/4″ Radial dent lower right side. No inpainting visible under blacklight. Lower left frame corner separated.
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