* A Set of Two Portraits
DAOGUANG PERIOD (1821-1850)
finely painted on one depicting a Qing Dynasty official seated wearing informal robe and a scholar's hat, his left hand raised and bearing a jade toggle, the face with a calm expression, dated Daoguang bingwu la yue ("The twelfth month on lunar calendar in year bingwu of Daoguang reign," corresponding to year 1846), followed by two red seals; the other depicting the wife seated in an armchair, wearing lady's informal robes and elaborate jadeite jewelry, holding a cat on her lap, her hair in a chignon secured by flowers and hair ornaments; each set within a hardwood frame surmounted by a gilt bronze handle cast with bat and ruyi.
two oil on canvas, later board, each framed
signed and sealed (lower left) on one portrait
31 x 25 1/2 inches.
Estimate $ 10,000-20,000
Property from the Estate of Frank G. Mertes, Sr., Winona, Minnesota, Heir to the Assets of J.R. Watkins