Lot 118
A Chinese Ancestor Portrait
Lot Details & Additional Photographs
19th century, ink and colors on paper, an older woman seated in a sedan chair covered with brocade textile, she is dressed in a formal court robe and embroidered vest over a red ground robe with golden dragons, her vest has a white bird rank badge to the center, she wears an elaborate ruyi collar and ornate hat with blue kingfisher feathers and pearls handing down either side of her face, her expression is passive and her head appears much smaller than her body, professionally framed with mat, not examined outside of the frame.

Framed dimensions 42 1/2 x 31 3/4 in.; Sight size 33 x 23 in.

From the Collection of the late Sterling Boyd, Raleigh, North Carolina
Sterling Boyd was a consummate collector and Southern gentleman. Originally from Little Rock, Arkansas, he studied art history at Sewanee: The University of the South, Oberlin College, and received his doctorate from Princeton University. He shared his enthusiasm for the fine arts through positions at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond and the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh. Boyd also taught and mentored future art historians at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, and later headed the art department at Wake Forest University in North Carolina. Following his academic and museum careers, Sterling Boyd channeled his talents for interior design and decoration. His Raleigh apartment was a cabinet of curiosities, each item carefully collected from his world travels and perfectly placed in his jewel box of a home.

Some toning and areas of discoloration to paper; some buckling and creases.