**THREE CHINA TRADE PORTRAIT MINIATURES OF MEMBERS OF THE COOK FAMILY OF SALEM, MASSACHUSETTS.Est. $2,000-$3,000
Sold: $10,500 ($8,750)
PORTRAIT MINIATURE OF JAMES P. COOK (1820-1892), ATTRIBUTED TO TINGQUA (ACT. 1830S-1870). Depicting a young bearded gentleman wearing a white waistcoat, blue necktie and gold watch chain, seated and holding a letter in his left hand. The red ink label of Sunqua (act. 1830-1865) is fastened to the reverse of the lacquered frame; however, the portrait bears a striking similarity to a portrait of Louis Manigault by Tingqua, better known for painting miniatures. Watercolor on ivory, 3 ¾ x 2 ½ inches. PAIR OF PORTRAIT MINIATURES OF MRS. COOK AND TWO CHILDREN, POSSIBLY JAMES EDWIN AND MARY ELIZABETH COOK, AFTER PHOTOGRAPHS. Each watercolor on ivory, 2 ¾ x 2 ¼ inches, sight. In lacquered frames with Chinese character marks on the reverse.
Provenance: Descended in the family of China trader, James P. Cook; Northeast Auctions, August 17-18, 2013, lot 876.
Literature: For the portrait of Louis Manigault, see Carl L. Crossman, “The Decorative Arts of the China Trade,” p. 105, color pl. 33.(**See conditions of sale regarding restricted materials.)