April 8, 2021 10:00 EDT

Asian Arts

 
  Lot 94
 

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A Chinese carved coral "Dragon, Boy, and Meiren" group

Depicting a boy and two meiren with peony blossoms, a crane, a smaller dragon and a phoenix atop the back of a large dragon with inset malachite bead eyes, with a wood stand carved in openwork with lotus blossoms, pods, and waves.

L: 11, H: 6 1/2 in. (without stand)

Provenance: Property formerly in the Collection of Eldridge Reeves Fenimore Johnson (1899-1986)
Thence by descent in the family.

NOTE: E. R. F. Johnson was a noted explorer, yachtsman and researcher. He was a pioneer in the development of underwater photography and had close ties with the University of Pennsylvania, where a collection of his photographs are preserved. His father was Eldridge Reeves Johnson (1867-1945), the founder of the Victor Talking Machine Company, later RCA. It is very possible this may have been originally acquired by the elder E. R. Johnson, given that he gave Chinese works of art to the University of Pennsylvania Museum in 1920 and 1927, including the large crystal ball said to have belonged to the Dowager Empress Cixi, the pair of carved stone reliefs of the favorite horses of the Tang Emperor Taizong, and numerous jade and coral carvings.

Sold for $8,190
Estimated at $2,000 - $3,000


 

Depicting a boy and two meiren with peony blossoms, a crane, a smaller dragon and a phoenix atop the back of a large dragon with inset malachite bead eyes, with a wood stand carved in openwork with lotus blossoms, pods, and waves.

L: 11, H: 6 1/2 in. (without stand)

Provenance: Property formerly in the Collection of Eldridge Reeves Fenimore Johnson (1899-1986)
Thence by descent in the family.

NOTE: E. R. F. Johnson was a noted explorer, yachtsman and researcher. He was a pioneer in the development of underwater photography and had close ties with the University of Pennsylvania, where a collection of his photographs are preserved. His father was Eldridge Reeves Johnson (1867-1945), the founder of the Victor Talking Machine Company, later RCA. It is very possible this may have been originally acquired by the elder E. R. Johnson, given that he gave Chinese works of art to the University of Pennsylvania Museum in 1920 and 1927, including the large crystal ball said to have belonged to the Dowager Empress Cixi, the pair of carved stone reliefs of the favorite horses of the Tang Emperor Taizong, and numerous jade and coral carvings.

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