2013-03-03-2019-02-22 --- 2019-02-22 23:00:56--00
Hover to zoom in

LOT :364
Estimate EUR : €2,000.00 - €3,000.00
Auction Date : 03-03-2013


AN IMPORTANT COLLECTION OF CHINESE PHOTOGRAPH ALBUMS COMPILED BY A MEMBER OF THE SHANGHAI MUNICIPAL POLICE (1905-1930) containing approximately 600 private and known images of Chinese landmarks and daily life. Amongst the collection are photographs of the Yuan Ming Gardens, Shanghai Streets,Municipal courts and punishments. Many images identified with manuscript captions, observing and documenting various practices and local customs as seen through the eyes of a Western settler. See flickr for further images One album with inscribed title page '' Here and there through China - some snapshots which were taken on house boat trips by Messers Jake and Faylo, both officers of the SMP while on house boats in the company of myself. 1st Ship 1-7-08 2nd Ship 1-9-09 3rd Ship 1-6-10 3 albums with images varying in size and medium, together with a quantity of additional photographic postcards of similar interest. *The Shanghai Municipal Police was founded in 1854 and was tasked with the duty of safe-guarding the International Settlement at Shanghai until 1943. The Shanghai Settlement was one of the five treaty ports which were established under the terms of the Treaty of Nanking in 1842 and was of predominantly British make up. The force which originally consisted of a small number of British nationals taken from the Hong Kong police unit would eventually tally almost 5,000 members. Many of the personnel had been recruited from Britain, Ireland and Commonwealth countries through the British delegates of the Municipal Council. In addition to the maintenance of general law and order within its boundaries, the marked function of the Municipal Police was to provide security and stability in the region, thus encouraging and protecting Western trade interests in a somewhat fragile environment. Whilst the S.M. Police was charged with controlling day to day regional law enforcement, they would also be the first line of defence against the Chinese Nationalist movements. Continuous opposition and resentment from the Chinese people had been very strong. An increased sense of patriotism had been developing and events such as the Taiping rebellion against the (western influenced) Manchu rule and the Boxer rebellion opposing the European powers would only enhance further hatred against colonial communities. Successive revolutions in 1913 and 1927 along with a more Nationalist government challenged the control of the Shanghai International community leading to increased attacks and instability at the settlement. Violent clashes between police and criminals were frequent. This rise in crime prompted a development of riot control measures, leading to the advancement of the renowned William Ewart Fairbairn publication ''Shanghai Municipal Police Self-Defence Manual''. Members of the Police unit were required to master 8-10 core techniques in a close combat situation and this improvised martial art proved to be a lasting legacy of the SMP. The Japanese invasion and occupation of China in August 1937 led to an increasing demographic of Japanese nationals in the region; and by 1941 a full Japanese takeover of Shanghai's International Settlement resulted in the disbandment of the SMP. British and Commonwealth officers of the Shanghai Municipal Police would hold their position until the disbandment and eventual integration with the National police force in 1943.

Hammer Price : €6,000.00
  • en
  • fr
  • es
  • it
  • de
  • ru
  • zh-CN
  • el
  • nl


1. Estimates and Reserves

Estimates are shown below each lot in this sale. All amounts shown are in Euro. The figures shown are provided merely as a guide to prospective purchasers. They are approximate prices which are expected, are not definitive and are subject to revision. Reserves, if any, will not be any higher than the lower estimate.

2. Artists Resale Rights (Droit de Suite) is NOT payable by purchasers

3. Paddle Bidding (In Person)

All intending purchasers must register for a paddle number before the auction. Please allow time for registration. We recommend reading "Buying at Adam's" for first time buyers from our web site for more information. Please be aware that photographic identification by way of passport or driving licence will be required for new registrants, together with a secure valid credit card. This is for security purposes only. Potential purchasers are recommended to register on viewing days.

3. Buyer's Premium, Payment & Delivery

Buyers Premium:

The buyer shall pay the Auctioneer a commission at the rate of 20% on the Hammer Price plus VAT @ 23% (applied only to the commission) on all individual lots.

For example on a hammer price of €1,000, the Buyer's Premium amounts to €200 and the VAT on the Buyer's Premium amounts to €46.00, giving a total amount due of €1,246


All purchases must be paid for within two calendar days of the sale. Our payment terms are cash, banker's draft or cheque drawn on an Irish bank. Cheques will take a minimum of five working days to clear the bank, unless they have been vouched to our satisfaction prior to the sale, or you have a previous cheque payment history with Adam's. We also accept the following Credit Cards: Visa & Mastercard, subject to a credit card surcharge of 1.5% of the total invoice value, & American Express, subject to a surcharge of 3.65%. Debit cards, including Laser card payments, are not subject to a surcharge, however there are daily limits on Laser Card payments. Bank Transfer details are available on request. Please ensure that all bank charges are paid in addition to the invoice total, in order to avoid delays in release of the items. Goods will only be released upon clearance through the bank of all monies due.

Delivery takes place the day after the sale from 10.00am to 5.00pm. Uncollected lots may be subject to storage and handling charges unless specific arrangements have been made with the department. It is important to make contact with us in this regard to avoid any unnecessary charges. Adam's outsource all carriage & shipping requests to recommended third parties whom we deal with on a regular basis. This list is available upon request.

4. VAT Regulations

All lots are sold within the Auctioneer's VAT Margin Scheme unless advised to the contrary. Revenue Regulations require that the Buyer's Premium must be invoiced at a rate which is inclusive of VAT. This is not recoverable by any VAT registered buyer.

The VAT on buyer's premium may be zero rated for lots exported outside of the EU. This facility is available to non-residents and has strict guidelines in relation to availing of this scheme. Please contact a member of the accounts department to enquire further.

5. Absentee and Telephone Bids

We are happy to execute absentee or written bids for bidders who are unable to attend or can arrange for bidding to be conducted by telephone. Bid forms are available from our web site or you can leave absentee bids online by registering on Cancellation of bids must be confirmed 24 hours before the auction.

Bidding by telephone may be booked on lots with a minimum estimate of €500. Early booking is advisable as availability of lines cannot be guaranteed.

6. Condition Reports

The property is sold "as is" therefore imperfections/defects are not stated in the catalogue description. It is up to the intending purchaser to satisfy themselves as to the condition of a lot(s) before bidding. Condition reports may be requested in advance of sale subject to our terms of business. The report is an expression of opinion only and must not be treated as a statement of fact.

7. Conditions of Sale

All lots are being sold under the Conditions of Sale as printed in the sale catalogue and on display in the salerooms or via our web site