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Emil Carlsen : Copper and porcelain, 1928.

Emil Carlsen : Copper and porcelain, 1928.
Emil Carlsen : Copper and porcelain, 1928.


ECA Record Control Number: 1850

Archives of American Art #: JUL J0047805 [Digital Photo Archives]

Record Level: Item

Record Type: Movable Work

Work Title: Copper and porcelain

Alternate Work Titles:
1928: Copper and porcelain [from exhibition catalog]

Work Date: 1928 [from painting date on front]

Work Creator: Emil Carlsen [1848-1932]

Work Medium: Oil on canvas laid on board
Work Dimensions: 58 x 46-3/4 inches

Inscribed/Signed Front:
Location: At lower left.
Dated: Yes.
Text: ‘Emil. Carlsen. 1928.’.

Verso Marking Type: Label
Location: unknown.
Text: ‘National Academy of Design’

ECA Category: Still Life
ECA Sub-Category: Asian

Archives of American Art Subjects:
Still Life
Still Life — Other
Still Life — Other — Container
Still Life — Other — Vase
Ethnic — Chinese

Description of Work:
“Copper and Porcelain is one of the largest canvases by Carlsen to ever come to market, boasting an inordinately rare size for its subject. The painting is rife with varying textures, from the soft, tactile tapestry acting as a backdrop to the hard, reflective surface of the copper urn. Copper and Porcelain is a summation of Carlsen’s virtuoso draughtsmanship and rendering of atmospheric light on a grand scale.” [Freeman’s Catalog, lot#42]

2014 unknown .
2014 ( Freeman’s Auction [1805- ], 1808 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103 ) ;
ca.1988 The Caroline Horst Sullivan Trust, administered by Peggy McShane, Sue McCain, Jane Reese, George H. Sullivan (grand children of Horst) ;
1956 Private collection of Caroline A. (Horst) Sullivan [1906-1988?] (daughter) ;
1934 Private collection of Emma H. (Goetz) Horst [1880-1956] (wife) & Caroline A. (Horst) Sullivan [1906-1988?] (daughter) ;
1928 Private collection of George D. Horst [1863-1934] & Emma H. (Goetz) Horst [1880-1956], Reading PA ;
1928 ( National Academy Museum and School [1825- ], 1083 5th Ave, New York, NY 10128 ) ;
1928 Emil Carlsen [1848-1932], the artist .

Exhibition History:
2014 Freeman’s Auction [1805- ], Philadelphia, PA, “The George D. Horst Collection of Fine Art”, March 30.
1928 National Academy of Design, New York, NY, “103rd Annual Exhibition (Winter)“, November 27 – December 16.

– American Fine Art Magazine, “White Glove Sale“, May/June, 2014, Page 134, illustrated: color.
– Freeman’s online catalog, website [[http://invaluable.com]]
– “Copper and Porcelain Sale” from the National Academy of Design, New York, NY, Clipping File Records, April 8, 1928.
– Antiques & Auction News, “A Rare Time Capsule of Fine Art”, March 28, 2014, volume 45, Number 13, illustrated: color, page 1.
– The National Academy of Design, New York, NY, Exhibition Catalog, “103rd Annual Exhibition (Winter)“, November 27 – December 16, 1928, #244.
– Peter A. Juley & Son Collection, Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC, Image #JUL J0047805.

Related Works:
– Ming Vases [and Ginger Jar], 1931 [some of the same still life items used]

Depicted Objects:
Tall Asian Vase – 14753
Tall Asian Vase – 15911

ECA Notes:
– Carrig Rohane frame designed by Hermann Dudley Murphy with incised inscription ’19 (M) 09 / Carrig Rohane / Copyright 1909 / Hermann Dudley Murphy / 699′.

Price History:
2014 – $386,500 USD. (auction)
1928 – $4,000 USD. ($55,539.88 in 2014)


Document Information

Digital-born Document Number:

Digital Document Provenance:
Original compiled and researched document by the Emil Carlsen Archives, 266 West 21st Street, Suite 4E, New York, NY 10011.

Document License:
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Image License:
The author of this artwork died more than 70 years ago. According to U.S. Copyright Law, copyright expires 70 years after the author’s death. In other countries, legislation may differ.

Record Birth Date:
February 5, 2014

Last Updated:
November 5, 2016