Lot 658. Zhang Daqian (1899-1983), Scholar Under a Willow, 1948. Hanging scroll, ink and color on gold flecked paper, inscribed by the artist and dated wuzi (1948), fourth month, and signed Zhang Daqian Yuan at Dafeng Tang, with two artist's seals reading Zhang Yuan and Daqian Jushi; 20 1/2 x 13 1/4in (52.1 x 33.6cm). Estimate US$ 30,000 - 50,000 (€ 27,000 - 44,000). © Bonhams 2001-2019
Paintings from the Collection of Margaruitte Foisie
Ms. Foisie was born in 1926 to Russian immigrants living in Shanghai. Except for a few years early in life when her family resided in Dalian and Hankou, she lived in Shanghai until late 1948. It was there that she met her husband, Philip Foisie, in 1945, who was with the U.S. armed forces military intelligence and was the lone U.S. soldier assigned to accompany Chinese units fighting against the Japanese in the Salween River Campaign near Burma and in southern and central China.
Mr. and Mrs. Foisie were married in Shanghai in 1948; later that year they went to the United States. Initially residing in the San Francisco area, and later in Louisville, KY, they moved to the Washington, DC area in 1955 where Mr. Foisie, some years later, became foreign editor of the Washington Post. The Foisie's remained in Washington until 1981, when Mr. Foisie became Executive Editor of the International Herald Tribune in Paris. They lived in Paris for six years, and subsequently returned to the Washington, DC area, where Mrs. Foisie lived for the next 30 years until her death in 2017.
Bonhams. Chinese Works of Art, New York, 18 March 2019