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American School, Late 18th Century Portrait of Benjamin Franklin

Auction:
3022M
Lot:
403
Sold for:
$3,444$2,800

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Auction:
American Furniture & Decorative Arts - 3022M
Location:
Marlborough
Date / Time :
August 13, 2017 10:00AM

Description:

American School, Late 18th Century

Portrait of Benjamin Franklin
Unsigned.
Oil on canvas, 30 5/8 x 24 1/2 in., unframed.
Condition: Craquelure, scattered retouch, minor paint loss, soil.

Note: This work on an early canvas and stretcher appears to be a copy of the portrait of Benjamin Franklin painted by Jean-Baptiste Greuze (French, 1725-1805) in 1777 while Franklin was living in France and serving as ambassador from 1776 to 1785. It is believed that this copy was made shortly after Franklin's return to America in 1785.
Estimate $2,500-3,500

Scattered retouch to areas of paint loss in the background above sitter's right shoulder, spots on cheek below sitter's right eye, at sitter's left shoulder, spots along stretcher mark.


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.

Keywords

France, Benjamin Franklin, Craquelure, Jean-Baptiste Greuze, Painting, Pennsylvania, Visual arts

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