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Emil Carlsen : The moonstone, ca.1915.

Emil Carlsen : The moonstone, ca.1915.
Emil Carlsen : The moonstone, ca.1915.


ECA Record Control Number: 9241

Archives of American Art #: -none-

Record Level: Item

Record Type: Movable Work

Work Title: The moonstone

Alternate Work Titles:
2015: The moonstone [from online auction catalog]

Work Date: ca.1915

Work Creator: Emil Carlsen [1848-1932]

Work Medium: Oil on canvas
Work Dimensions: 17-7/8 x 16-7/8 inches | 18 x 17 inches

Inscribed/Signed Front:
Location: At lower left.
Dated: No.
Text: ‘Emil. Carlsen.’.

Verso: unknown.

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:
Vertical composition of an Asian plate, bowl, small neck vase, and gold chain moonstone necklace with half-orb stone. In the painting foreground is a gold chain moonstone necklace with half-orb stone stretched with stone to the right and chain to the left at the lower left of the canvas. The middle ground of the painting has a Asian blue and white ribbed pumpkin-like vase with a small neck sitting to the right behind the moonstone necklace. A bowl or either glass, porcelain or stone sits to the left of the canvas in a white-ice-blue color. In the background is a large Asian plate standing on edge at the center of the canvas in blue and white with a gold bottom or is transparent to the background of yellow. The rim border is wide with a faint blue and white pattern. The background is a non-descript yellow and a ground that the objects set on of sand-tan. The horizon is about one-quarter from the bottom of the canvas. [ECA]

2015 unknown.
2015 ( Sotheby’s [1744- ], 1334 York Avenue, New York 10021 ) ;
ca.1976 Private collection of a descendant of Sheldon Eaton Wardwell [1881-1961], Brookline, MA ;
ca.1961 Private collection of Helen (Garritt) Wardwell [1894-1976] ;
ca.1915 Private collection of Sheldon Eaton Wardwell [1881-1961] & Helen (Garritt) Wardwell [1894-1976], Brookline, MA ;
ca.1915 Emil Carlsen [1848-1932], the artist .

Exhibition History:
2015 Sotheby’s, New York, NY, “American Art”, May 20.

– Sotheby’s, New York, NY, Sale Catalog, “American Art”, May 20, 2015, lot #4.

Related Works:
– The Moonstone, ca.1920 [painting with same name and similar theme]
– Rhages Jar, ca.1923 [similar painting technique and color palette]

ECA Notes:
– The couple that originally owned the painting was married in 1915 and this painting may have been given to them as a wedding present.

Price History:
2015 – $75,000 USD. (Auction)


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:
Creative Commons Corporation shareAlike (sa) license. Some of the information contained within this document may hold further publication restrictions depending on final use. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine.

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:
May 5, 2015

Last Update:
November 13, 2016