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    Sale 2129

    Maritime Decorative Arts

    15 January 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 28

    Chinese School (19th Century)

    American three masted clippership L. Schepp in Chinese waters

    Price Realised  

    Chinese School (19th Century)
    American three masted clippership L. Schepp in Chinese waters
    oil on linen
    20½ x 26 in. (52.1 x 66 cm.)


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    The L. Schepp was built by Titcombe & Thompson at Kennebunkport, Maine, in 1878. Registered at 1,776 tons and 224 feet long with a 42 foot beam, she was originally owned by a syndicate but soon sold to Chapman's of New York. Named after L. Schepp, the New York chocolate manufacturer known as 'The Coconut King,' she sailed to San Francisco, via Cape Horn, until 1893 after which she started trading from east coast ports to the Orient. On 17th February 1902, she ran ashore on Long Island in a blizzard and was so damaged that she was converted into a coal barge.

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