Assembled group of Asian decorative items. 1st item: Carved soapstone figure of a carp fish on a rock, initials on base, 4″ H. 2nd-3rd items: 2 ceramic polychrome painted kneeling boys in traditional dress, 6 1/4″ H. 4th-10th items: Set of 6 blue and white rice pattern cups, partially marked “China” on base with blue four character marks, 2 1/4″ H. 11th item: Watercolor, ink and gilt gouache depicting an emperor with two attendants, two paper seals en verso with red character marks. Sheet: 9 1/4″ H x 6 1/2″ W., frame: 11″ H x 8″ W. All items late-19th to mid-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: Some splits to wood and breaks near base of peddlar. Several initials added to soapstone. Some chips on bases of ceramic boys. Some minor chips to edges of rice cups. Toning and discoloration on watercolor.
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