Loeb Danish Ardt Collection - page 295

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
JENS JUEL
   ‒  
.
Seated Chinese Man in Mandarin Dress,
c.

’s
(En siddende kineser i mandarindragt)
Oil on canvas,
½
x
½
in. (

x

,
cm)
       :
Gift from Artist to
materialforvalter
(storehouse manager) Jonas Eschemoës and wife, Louise Ulrike, friends of
Juel; hofkirurg, etatsråd O.C.E. Schwartzkopf and wife (neé Hostrup-Schultz) Estate Auction

, no.

, bought by cand.
Larsen; Winkel & Magnussen, Auction

(Professor Karl Larsen),

, lot

, ill. p.

; Grosserer Aage Backhaus; Ms. Ellen
Krøyer Christensen; Editor Svend Kragh-Jacobsen; Bruun Rasmussen, Auction

,

, lot
, ill. p.

.
         :
Kunstforeningen,
Jens Juel,

, no.

; Københavns Bymuseum,
Københavnsk kultur i det

. århundrede,

,
no.

, ill. plate XII; Kunstforeningen,
Jens Juel i privat eje,

, no.

; Busch-Reisinger Museum, Harvard University Art Muse-
ums,
Danish Paintings of the Nineteenth Century from the Collection of Ambassador John L. Loeb, Jr.,

, no.

.

, no.

; Bruce
Museum of Art and Science, Greenwich, Connecticut and The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, New York,
Dan-
ish Paintings of the Nineteenth Century from the Collection of Ambassador John L. Loeb, Jr.
,

, no.
, ill.; Scandinavia House, New
York,
Danish Paintings from the Golden Age to the Modern Breakthrough, Selections from the Collection of Ambassador John L. Loeb Jr.
,

,
no.

.
         :
Herman Madsen,
Kunst i privat Eje,
I–III, Copenhagen


, Vol. II, p.

, ill.; Herman Madsen,

Danske
Malere og deres Værker,
I–II, Copenhagen,

, Vol.I, p.

, ill.; Ellen Poulsen,
Jens Juel Katalog, Malerier og pasteller
(Catalogue, Paint-
ings and Pastels)
,
,
Copenhagen

, Vol.
, no.

, ill., Vol.
, p.

; Peter Nisbet,
Danish Paintings of the Nineteenth Century
from the Collection of Ambassador John Loeb, Jr.,
Busch-Reisinger Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts

, dis-
cussed and ill. p.
; Patricia G. Berman, “Lines of Solitude, Circles of Alliance, Danish Painting in the Nineteenth Century” in:
Danish Paintings of the Nineteenth Century from the Collection of Ambassador John L. Loeb, Jr.
, Bruce Museum

, p.

; Patricia G.
Berman,
In Another Light, Danish Painting in the Nineteenth Century
, New York

, p.

, ill. p.

.
T
he Loeb picture has the elegant yet matter-of-fact realism for which Juel is renowned. Although not a
commissioned portrait of an identi
fi
able individual, it treats the exotic subject, a seated Chinese man
in Mandarin dress, with digni
fi
ed respect. Juel painted at least three versions of this subject. This version
depicts the Chinese man in pro
fi
le in a mandarin jacket with a blue lining, decorated with a blue silk
embroidered front; he wears a black hat with a red point and holds a brown pipe. Even though the clothes
and chair did not belong to the sitter, they were probably part of the export goods on board the ships in the
China trade in which Denmark was involved. Porcelain, dolls, decorated paper and furniture were some of
the most traded items in the Asiatic Company. Years later, in

, Juel made a drawing for P.A. Heiberg’s
play
The Chinatrader
which depicts a man giving such objects to his lover.
¹
The Loeb painting was given by the artist to a friend, an o
ffi
cial of the Royal Asiatic Company active in
China trade. This appropriate association is reinforced by an early inscription on the back of a larger ver-
sion of this picture (now at the Georg-August University of Göttingen), which can be translated: “A Chinese
second helmsman on a Danish China clipper, which was partly crewed by Chinese. Painted from the life
(but in Mandarin clothes) by the great portrait painter Jens Juel of Copenhagen.” The picture thus attests
both to Juel’s skill and sensitivity, and also to the expanding horizons of the Danish commercial classes. It
surely speaks also of an enlightened respect for human beings of other races.
B.H.
assisted by P.N.
¹
This drawing can be found in The Royal Danish Print Collection. Charlotte Christensen (ed.),
Hvis engle kunne male,
Det Nationalhistoriske
Museum på Frederiksborg Slot

, p.

.
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