Carte de Visite of a Young Malay. QUAN SENG, PHOTOGRAPHER.
Carte de Visite of a Young Malay.

Carte de Visite of a Young Malay.

(Circa 1890). Stock ID #173492

Sepia carte de visite 9 x 6cm mounted on thick black card 10 x 6.3cm, gilt embossed Quan Seng Photographic Artist Singapore (at the foot), gilt edges, with rounded corners , elaborately gilt decorated on verso, noting the address No. 17 North Bridge Singapore and the name of the printer, Bergmann, London.

From the collection of the late Arthur Hacker MBE, collector, artist, historian, author and creator of an endearing emblem of 1970s Hong Kong - the litterbug Lap Sap Chung.

A scarce and appealing studio portrait of young Malay. Seated in a white flannel suit complete with fob, holding a cigar and umbrella, it is a composition designed to display prosperity and ease. Unusually, this carte de visite is from the studio of a Chinese photographer Quan Sen. It was not until the end of the 19th Century that Chinese photographers opened studios in Singapore and the early portraits followed the conventions of the painter in presenting a formally garbed sitter in a static seated pose. (see Gretchen Liu, Singapore: A Pictorial History 1819-2000, Archipelago Press, 2000). The card is highly decorative with the photographer's details elaborately gilt. Quan Seng was active at the North Bridge address from 1890 as a "Photographer, Ship and Portrait Painter".

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Price: $1,250.00 AU

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