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Eugene Delacroix - Feuille D'études Avec Une Fiancée Juive

Eugene Delacroix - Feuille D'études Avec Une Fiancée Juive

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Eugène Delacroix 1798 - 1863 FRENCH FEUILLE D'ÉTUDES AVEC UNE FIANCÉE JUIVE stamped with the artist's estate sale stamp lower right (Lugt 838a); inscribed with colour note Rouge upper left watercolour, gouache and pencil on paper 27 by 36cm., 10¾ by 14¼in. Read Condition Report Read Condition Report Register or Log-in to view condition report Saleroom Notice Provenance Estate of the artist (Sale: Hôtel Drouot, Paris, Vente Delacroix, 17-29 February 1864) J.V. collection (by 1928) Gerstenberg collection, Berlin Dieter Scharf, Hamburg Purchased from the above by the late owner in 1993 Exhibited Berlin, Kupferstichkabinett, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin – Preussischer Kulturbesitz, Linie, Licht und Schatten. Meisterzeichnungen und Skulpturen der Sammlung Jan und Marie-Anne Krugier-Poniatowski, 1999, no. 83, illustrated in the catalogue Venice, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, The Timeless Eye. Master Drawings from the Jan and Marie-Anne Krugier-Poniatowski Collection, 1999, no. 101, illustrated in the catalogue Madrid, Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Miradas sin Tiempo. Dibujos, Pinturas y Esculturas de la Colección Jan y Marie-Anne Krugier-Poniatowski, 2000, no. 112, illustrated in the catalogue Karlsruhe, Staatliche Kunsthalle, Eugène Delacroix, 2003-04, no. 97, illustrated in the catalogue Literature Daniel Jacomet, Eugène Delacroix, vingt aquarelles et onze dessins reproduisant en fac-similé 'L'Album du Maroc' de la Collection J.V..., Paris, 1928, pl. 21, illustrated Executed in 1832. In a letter from Tangier to M Duponchel, Director of the Paris Opera, dated 23 February 1832, Delacroix noted: 'The Jewish women are also very handsome and their dress is most picturesque. I have witnessed a number of their ceremonies...' (Edited by Jean Stewart, Eugène Delacroix, Selected Letters, 1813-1863, 1954, p. 185) The artist's sheet, which is of thin tracing paper, has been laid down onto a backing sheet, with some associated minor wrinkles primarily along the lower edge. This in turn is attached to the backboard at points along the edges. There is a handful of scattered very minor tears at the edges of the sheet no more than a couple of millimeters. There are some tiny spots of paint flaking in the hair of the woman in the lower right quadrant. This work is in good overall condition. Presented framed and under glass with the edges of the sheet visible and not covered by the mat. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."
Eugene Boudin - Marine

Eugene Boudin - Marine

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Eugène Boudin 1824-1898 MARINE Signed E. Boudin (lower left) and stamped with the initials E.B. (Lugt L.828, lower right) Pastel on paper 4 1/4 by 5 3/4 in. 10.9 by 14.6 cm Read Condition Report Read Condition Report Register or Log-in to view condition report Saleroom Notice Authentication To be included in the forthcoming Catalogue Raisonné of the Works on Paper of Eugène Boudin (1824-1898) being prepared by Manuel Schmit. Provenance Private Collection, London Acquired from the above by the present owner in November 2006 Fig. 1 The present owner Lillian Gladstone (center) with Salvador Dalí (left) in 1960, just prior to his creating the present works
 Tiffany Studios - "tel-el-amarna" Vase

Tiffany Studios - "tel-el-amarna" Vase

Original 1910
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Lot number: 202
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Tiffany Studios "TEL-EL-AMARNA" VASE engraved 5698E L.C. Tiffany-Favrile favrile glass 7 5/8 in. (19.4 cm) high circa 1907-1910 Read Condition Report Read Condition Report Register or Log-in to view condition report Saleroom Notice Provenance Macklowe Gallery, New York Acquired from the above by the present owner, 1988 Literature Martin Eidelberg, Tiffany Favrile Glass and the Quest of Beauty, New York, 2007, p. 79 (for a closely related example from the same series numbered 5697E)
Drian Eienne - Portrait Of Bendor

Drian Eienne - Portrait Of Bendor

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Etienne Drian 1885-1961 PORTRAIT OF BENDOR, 2ND DUKE OF WESTMINSTER AND HIS WIFE THE DUCHESS OF WESTMINSTER Quantity: 2 both signed charcoal largest: 62 by 46cm.; 24½ by 18in. Read Condition Report Read Condition Report Register or Log-in to view condition report Saleroom Notice Hugh Richard Arthur Grosvenor known as 'Bendor' (1879–1953) and his wife Anne Winifred Grosvenor, known as Nancy (1915–2003), were good friends of Mary and Christopher Soames, who were regular visitors to their Scottish residence, Lochmore Lodge. Portrait of Bendor, 2nd Duke of Westminster The artist's board is not laid down. When viewed out of the mount there is evidence of time staining to the exposed part of the sheet which appears to be consistent with damage caused by exposure to ultraviolet light. There is also some slight discolouration to the extreme edge of the sheet. In addition to this there is some very minor surface dirt in areas across the sheet. Subject to the above the work appears to be in good condition. Portrait of Loelia Mary, Duchess of Westminster The artist's board is not laid down. The sheet appears to have discoloured slightly as a result of exposure to ultraviolet light. This is particularly prominent in two horizontal bands that run across the centre of the composition. There is some light surface dirt and studio detritus across the composition. With the exception of this the work appears to be in very good condition. Both works are presented in ornate gilt frames. Please contact the department on +44 (0) 207 293 6424 if you have any questions regarding the present work. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."
Lewis W. Hine - Riveting At The Top Of Mooring-mast On Empire State Building

Lewis W. Hine - Riveting At The Top Of Mooring-mast On Empire State Building

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Lewis W. Hine 1874-1940 RIVETING AT THE TOP OF MOORING-MAST ON EMPIRE STATE BUILDING gelatin silver print, the photographer's 'Interpretive Photography, Hastings-on-Hudson, New York' studio stamp, annotated 'Empire State' by the photographer in ink, and with credit, annotations, and reduction notations in an unidentified hand in pencil on the reverse, framed, circa 1930 7½ by 9 5/8 in. (19.1 by 24.4 cm.) Read Condition Report Read Condition Report Register or Log-in to view condition report Saleroom Notice Provenance Sotheby’’s New York, 9 November 1976, Sale 3918, Lot 262 Private Collection Christie's New York, 4 October 2001, Sale 9754, Lot 17 Literature Men at Work: Photographic Studies of Modern Men and Machines (with a Supplement of 18 Related Photographs) (Dover Publications, Inc., and International Museum of Photography at George Eastman House, New York, 1977), unpaginated, variant
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