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Clarence Doane Hoggard – Shanghai Curio dealer

Posted: July 27th, 2016 | No Comments »

I blogged recently about Clarence Doane Hoggard, who came to China in 1919 as an auditor for the international YMCA and stayed. He eventually went into business with W. Warren Sigler (Sigler died some time before the end of WW2)to run Hoggard and Sigler’s, one of Shanghai’s best antiques and curio stores. Their store was located in the Sassoon Arcade, (part of the Cathay Hotel). The shop was partially damaged in August 1937 with the bombing of the Cathay Hotel on Bloody Saturday. Hoggard returned to Shanghai in 1940, salvaged what he could of the stock and left Shanghai once again for America. His ship was near Borneo at the time of Pearl Harbor but eventually made it back to the USA. After the war Hoggard continued to trade Oriental antiques and curios in America – at the time of his arrival back in the USA he mentioned opened stores in both Tuscon, Arizona and St Petersburg, Florida. He did indeed open a new shop at no.9 East Penington Street in Tuscon called “Tjen” (perhaps someone in Tuscon could stroll past and see what’s there now?). Here he seems to have sold the remaining stock of antiques, statuary and curios from his Sassoon Arcade store.

Just to add to that previous post here is an advert for Hoggard-Sigler from around 1930 and a picture of Hoggard published in 1948…


Hoggard-Sigler - Sassoon Arcade - 1930

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