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Cassius Marcellus Coolidge

United States (1844 -  1934 ) Wikipedia® : Cassius Marcellus Coolidge
COOLIDGE Cassius Marcellus The Winning Hand

William Doyle /Nov 19, 2009
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Cassius Marcellus Coolidge - Poker Game

Cassius Marcellus Coolidge - Poker Game

Original 1894
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Lot number: 78
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Cassius Marcellus Coolidge 1844 - 1934

POKER GAME

signed C.M. Coolidge and dated copyright 1894 (lower right)

oil on canvas

41 5/8 by 50 inches

(105.7 by 127 cm)

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Provenance

Alexander Gallery, New York

Private Collection, 1986 (acquired from the above; sold: Sotheby's, New York, December 3, 2008, lot 25, illustrated)

Acquired by the present owner at the above sale

Catalogue Note

Carla Davidson writes, \“That eighteenth-century British curmudgeon Dr. Samuel Johnson once remarked, \‘I would rather see a portrait of a dog that I know than all the allegorical paintings they can show me in the world.\’\’ A hundred years later an American who shared this sentiment, Cassius Marcellus Coolidge (1844-1934), began painting the daily life of some very humanoid canines, an artistic subspecialty that was preceded by a string of careers. In the upstate New York town of Antwerp, Coolidge worked, almost simultaneously, as a druggist, painter of street signs and house numbers, and founder of the first newspaper and earliest bank all within the years between 1868 and 1872. It was after a trip to Europe in 1873 that he turned up in Rochester, New York, as the portraitist of dogs whose life-style mirrored the successful middle-class humans of his time. Coolidge\’\’s first customers were cigar companies, who printed copies of his paintings for giveaways. His fortunes rose when he signed a contract with the printers Brown & Bigelow, who turned out hundreds of thousands of copies of his dog-genre subjects as advertising posters, calendars, and prints.

\“Coolidge\’\’s poker-faced style is still engaging today. His dogs fit with amazing ease into such human male phenomena as the all-night card game, the commuter train, and the ball park. His details of expression, clothing, and furniture are precise. Uncannily, the earnest animals resemble people we all know, causing distinctions of race, breed, and color to vanish and evoking the sentiment on an old Maryland gravestone: MAJOR Born a Dog Died a Gentleman\” (\“A Man\’\’ s Life,\” American Heritage, February 1973, p. 56).

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Cassius Marcellus Coolidge - A Peanut Feast

Cassius Marcellus Coolidge - A Peanut Feast

Original 1887
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Cassius Marcellus Coolidge

American, 1844-1934

A Peanut Feast
, 1887

Signed

C. M. Coolidge

and dated

87

(ll)

Oil on canvas

31 3/4 x 13 inches

C
Canvas is laid down to the back mounting. Scattered craquelure throughout. Frame rubbing along the edges. The canvas has a wave to it from the mounting. There is no visible restoration under UV light.
Cassius Marcellus Coolidge - Eating His Words

Cassius Marcellus Coolidge - Eating His Words

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Lot number: 41
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Cassius Marcellus Coolidge (1844-1934)
Eating his Words
signed 'CM Coolidge' (lower right)
oil on canvas
20 x 26 in. (50.8 x 66 cm.)

Provenance

Private collection. Sale: Weschler's Auctioneers & Appraisers, Washington, D.C., 13 March 1993, lot 97. Private collection.
Cassius Marcellus Coolidge - The Winning Hand

Cassius Marcellus Coolidge - The Winning Hand

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Lot number: 76
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Cassius Marcellus Coolidge

American, 1834-1934

The Winning Hand

Signed
CM Coolidge
(ll)

Oil on canvas

28 1/8 x 22 inches

Not examined out of the frame. Stretcher marks; cracquelure
throughout. 4 1/2 x 5 1/2-inch repair on the reverse. Scattered
inpaint; masking varnish makes it difficult to distinguish areas of
repair.

Any condition statement is given as a courtesy to a client, is only
an opinion and should not be treated as a statement of fact. Doyle
New York shall have no responsibility for any error or omission.
The absence of a condition statement does not imply that the lot is
in perfect condition or completely free from wear and tear,
imperfections or the effects of aging.
Cassius Marcellus Coolidge - Your Future Told

Cassius Marcellus Coolidge - Your Future Told

Original 1885
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Lot number: 94
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Cassius Marcellus Coolidge
American, 1844-1934

Your Future Told
, 1885
Signed
Cassius M Coolidge
and dated
'85
(ul)
Oil on canvas
17 1/16 x 14 1/8 inches

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Frame rubbing. Wax-lined. Craquelure and cracking. Dirty varnish. Few scattered tiny paint flakes. Small ding with loss and inpainting just above the cup. Could not detect further inpainting through the varnish under UV light. Wax from the reline has come down onto the face of the painting along the top edge approximately 3/4 inches from the top edge.
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