Oil on a pair of porcelain plates of 9 3/4" diameter, one a painting of a younger woman in her late 20's or early 30's, wearing a pearl choker, the other of a young man of similar age with a circa 1950's style flat top, each signed by major 20th century Chinese-American artist GEO CHANN (1913-1995). Chann is a major, very sought after painter, the abstract works of whom regularly sell for more than $100,000 at major auctions in Asia and America. One reached $400,000 within the past few years, and recent prices at auction are climbing very, very rapidly, with ever more selling into six figures or well into six figures. Other, non abstract works do not reach such heights, but they are also very highly collected. Chann has had recent exhibitions of his work at the Shanghai Museum. At mid century when he lived in Southern California, he seems to have painted many portraits of friends and acquaintances. It has been suggested to me that this pair might be Lucy and Desi Arnaz, but this is only speculation. Another viewer suggested the man looks like "Ricky Nelson", but I have not had the time to research that angle. Condition is excellent with a minor irregularity in one plate that in no way affects the appearance. SEE HUNDREDS OF OTHER PAINTINGS AND PRINTS IN MY SHOP, including the other work by Chann.
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