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BEEP! BEEP! Wile E. Coyote and Roadrunner Bookends

 

Roadrunner and Coyote Chinese bookends:  Probably resin, Height 7.5 inches, weight 8.5 pounds per pair. There is a label reading Made in China on the bottom of each bookend.

Roadrunner and Coyote Chinese bookends:  Probably resin, Height 7.5 inches, weight 8.5 pounds per pair. There is a label reading Made in China on the bottom of each bookend.

The first Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies animated cartoon, Fast and Furry-ous, featuring Roadrunner and Wile E. Coyote  was released in 1949 and featured the famous tunnel through the mountain scene.  Coyote wishes to capture and eat Roadrunner, as usual, so he paints an entrance to a non-existing tunnel on a mountainside and expects Roadrunner to knock himself unconcious when he runs into the false entrance.  To Coyote’s frustration, Roadrunner passes through the entrance and runs down the tunnel.  Coyote tries to follow Roadrunner through the tunnel entrance and the tunnel, but he smashes himself on the painted entrance.  The tunnel sequence starts at 3:31 of the  7 minute video.

The embedded Merrie Melodies cartoon is from the dailymotion website.

The bookends are marked Made in China and clearly reproduce the cartoon.  All previous Chinese-made bookends we have seen have carried American nineteen-twenties or thirties realistic bookend subjects.  Here the Chinese maker is appreciating and replicating zany American humor.  Perhaps this presages a new wave of novel Chinese bookends.

These bookends are very substantial – large, heavy, and with eleven accurately-applied colors with paints that are not affected by water, detergent, or wax.  AND ….. it is clear that anyone of a certain age that sees them covets them.

 

 

 

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Asian Taxi Bookends

Asian Taxi Bookends:  Stone carving of Chinese Sedan Chair.  Height 4.5 inches.  circa 1930.

Asian Taxi Bookends:  Stone carving of Chinese Sedan Chair.  Height 4.5 inches.  circa 1930.

These bookends show a lady, probably Chinese, being transported in an open sedan chair.  A variety of bookends from China were exported to the United States during the nineteen twenties and thirties, and some of these were pictured in  Bookend Revue, (Schiffer, 1996).  These are the first bookends we have ever seen which featured  a sedan chair or any other scene from modern China.  The bookends are further unique in that they are carved as mirror images, and the figures on each bookend match the figures on the other in very careful detail.

Sedan chairs have been used for hundreds of years in Europe and Asia.  Most of them were enclosed boxes that contained chairs within, in order to protect the riders, who were usually wealthy and sometimes aristocratic.  The open chair suggests that the lady passenger had somewhat lower status.

Chefoo-Mrs. Reese being carried in a sedan chair. Source: William H. Jackson, World's Transportation Commission photograph collection. Library of Congress.

Chefoo, China-Mrs. Reese being carried in a sedan chair. Source: William H. Jackson, World’s Transportation Commission photograph collection. Library of Congress.

 
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Posted by on June 17, 2015 in Chinese

 

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