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William Merritt Chase

The Little Red Box, ca. 1901

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William Merritt Chase, The Little Red Box, ca. 1901. Oil on canvas, 36 × 29 1/8 in. (91.4 × 73.8 cm). Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Promised gift of Bernard and Barbro Osher

William Merritt Chase regularly painted portraits featuring Chinese robes, Japanese kimonos, and other imported textiles. Although Chase never traveled to Asia, he displayed Chinese and Japanese antiques throughout his studios in New York City and Shinnecock, Long Island.

The Little Red Box depicts a young white woman dressed in a late nineteenth-century wide-cut Han Chinese waitao or ao. She holds a vermilion box that was made by Chase’s wife, Alice. Lacking the “right” antique object, she created one to fit his specifications. This episode expands our understanding of the multivalent roles Alice played in her husband’s life, not only as wife, mother, and muse, but also as studio assistant.

Lauren Palmor
Associate Curator, American Art
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

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