Extraordinarily Rare Life-Sized Chinese Female Lay Figure/Mannequin
Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), first half 19th century, hand-carved Asian hardwood, with fully articulated wheel and ball joints, the face with incised and painted facial features and horse hair inset, plugged and arranged as a single braid, the feet modeled as bound; together with a later painted wood presentation chair.
figure h. 60", shoulder w. 16", hip w. 12-3/4"; chair h. 34-1/4", w. 11-1/2", d. 10"
Provenance: Antique shop, New Orleans, Louisiana, ca. 1950; Richard Lane Vaughn (1914-1994) and his wife Zane Houston (1922-2008), Point Loma, California, thence by descent; Private collection, San Diego, California.
Literature: "Judge Credits Navy for Oriental Taste". Evening Tribune. 12 Sept. 1980. A18.