Anglo-Chinese School, 19th century

Oil on canvas, finely painted with two ladies seated at a table within an interior, with an attendant lighting an opium pipe, the table supporting two piles of books and a gu vase holding flowers, four framed floral scrolls hang on the wall above, framed. 44.7cm x 58.5cm (17½in x 23in). Sold for £4,200

Provenance: acquired in China circa 1910
Purchased from a Belgian trader
A Belgian private collection

Bonhams. Fine Chinese Art, 14 May 2009. New Bond Street www.bonhams.com