Stock 11153 A large China Trade painting of the American sailing ship “Charles B. Kenney” circa 1880. The name of the ship is lettered on the ship’s bow, see detail. A sailing barque, she apparently foundered near the entrance to Puget Sound in 1886.
The painting, with both the ships name and the prominent American flag, shows a vessel bigger than most China traders and carrying more sail. Such vessels were marine race-horses and like the horses, were fragile and often went down. The painting, now relined, is well executed but has extensive crackelure, which is essentially a signature for port paintings. Unsigned. Several damages and in-painting, one in particular above the rear mast. The frame is not Chinese but dates to much the same period as the painting. Dimensions 37 X 29 inches including frame.