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Raoul Dufy (French, 1877-1953) Bowl of Pears with a Shell

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American & European Works of Art - 2896B
Date / Time :
May 13, 2016 4:00PM


Raoul Dufy (French, 1877-1953)

Bowl of Pears with a Shell
Signed "Raoul Dufy" l.r.
Graphite and watercolor on paper, 16 x 19 in. (40.6 x 48.3 cm), unframed.
Condition: Two surface abrasions center and c.l., small tear u.l. edge, toning, remains of hinge at l.r. edge.

N.B. Raoul Dufy consistently painted still life compositions throughout his career. He would render the same arrangement a few times, altering ever so subtly certain details. For example, we know that he depicted this bowl of pears with a shell at least one other time, as this watercolor is almost identical to the one noted no. 1403 in the Raoul Dufy Catalogue Raisonné des aquarelles, gouaches et pastels. We can therefore tentatively date this watercolor to circa 1919.

A certificate of authenticity issued by Raoul Dufy scholar Fanny Guillon-Laffaille will accompany the lot.
Estimate $10,000-15,000

Two surface abrasions (scratches): each 1 inch long. One on the rim of the bowl and another in the blue background left of the bowl. Small tear 1/2 inch long along top rim on the left. Remains of a hinge (0.5 cm) lower right edge.

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. Condition requests can be obtained via email (lot inquiry button) or by telephone to the appropriate gallery location (Boston/617.350.5400 or Marlborough/508.970.3000). Any condition statement given, as a courtesy to a client, is only an opinion and should not be treated as a statement of fact. Skinner Inc. shall have no responsibility for any error or omission.


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