The vase with a flattened hu-form body and an everted mouth rim is applied on the shoulder with two tubular handles, covered overall with a glaze of even soft sea-green color.
6 1/4 in. (15.9 cm.) high
Please note this lot is the property of a private individual.
Dr. S. Marsh Tenney (1922-2000), acquired prior to 1949 and thence by descent to the present owner.
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Dr. S. Marsh Tenney (1922-2000) was an accomplished physician, research scientist and educator who reorganized and revitalized Dartmouth Medical School. His fascination with China began in his youth, as his mother owned a collection of “treasures from the Orient” that his grandfather, Stephen Marsh, Iowa's state attorney, received when he defended pro bono Chinese immigrants, who at the time faced discrimination and harassment. At Dartmouth Dr. Tenney furthered his interest and was the only student in the Introductory Chinese class. When it came time to fulfill his military obligations, Dr. Tenney was posted to China and served as the chief medical officer for the Navy from 1947-1949. Joined in Shanghai by his young wife Carolyn, who worked as a nurse in a clinic, Dr. Tenney continued to study Chinese, as well as calligraphy.