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Lot 165

Jade Fon (American 1911-1983)

Estimate: $100 - $200
Starting Bid
$50

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Jade Fon (American 1911-1983)
Landscape
Watercolor on paper
untitled
21in. x 14in (53cm. x 36cm)
Framed: 31in. x 24in (79cm. x 61cm)
Provenance: Garzoli Gallery

Watercolorist and teacher, Jade Fon (Woo) was born in San Jose, Calif. Fon's first job was as a waiter in his uncle's restaurant, but by the 1930s he had moved to Los Angeles, where he worked in Hollywood film studios as a scenic artist,. In the 1940s he moved to San Francisco. There he was employed for a few years as a singer and emcee at the well-known Forbidden City nightclub on Sutter Street, sometimes creating watercolors of patrons and performers. The smoky club atmosphere aggravated his asthma, prompting Fon to shift to teaching, which he did for thirty years at Diablo Valley College.

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