A trading junk

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.

Object Details

ID: BHC1182
Collection: Fine art
Type: Painting
Display location: Display - Traders Gallery
Creator: Chinese School, 19th century; Chinnery, George
Date made: 19th century
Exhibition: Traders: The East India Company and Asia
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Caird Collection
Measurements: Painting: 735 mm x 1105 mm; Frame: 837 mm x 1178 mm x 47 mm

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