Assembled group of Asian decorative items. 1st group: Bronze censer with pierced crane and turtles, 5" H, and bronze plaque/mirror with goddess and character marks supported by carved wooden stand, 7 1/4" H. 2nd group: Two red lacquer gilt plates with floral decoration, 6 3/4" diameter ea. 3rd group: A small cloisonne vase with blue ground, decorated with birds in foliage with stream, 6" H., 5 carved wooden stands. Late 19th/Early 20th century. Provenance: From the collection of Emil Sigmund Fischer (1865 – 1945). Born in Vienna, Fischer was a banker and world traveler, moving to Shanghai, China in 1894. He moved to New York City from 1899 to 1906 and then later returned to China, settling in Tientsin, working as an importer and exporter. During World War II, he was held as a prisoner by the Japanese beginning in 1941 until his death in 1945. He wrote two travel books titled "Guide to Peking and Its Environs "(Tientsin, 1909) and "Travels in China, 1894 – 1940" (Tientsin, 1941). Descended through the family of Emil Fischer. References: NYT, March 2, 1945, "The United States in Asia, A Historical Dictionary" by David Shavit, 1990, pp. 166-167 and Ancestry.com. Condition: Red lacquered plates have minor chips on rims. Vase with minor wear and scratch. Wooden stand with small break in support.
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