09-21-2018 09-21-2018
Skinner Auctions
Skinner Auctions Boston MA
3140B Boston
September 21, 2018 10:00AMCalender

Charles Demuth (American, 1883-1935) Blue Hat

Auction: American & European Works of Art - 3140B Location: Boston Date / Time: September 21, 2018 10:00AM


Charles Demuth (American, 1883-1935)

Blue Hat
Signed and dated "C. Demuth./'13" l.l., identified on labels from The Downtown Gallery, New York, and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art (see below) affixed to the frame backing paper.
Watercolor on paper, 8 3/8 x 5 3/16 in. (21.3 x 13.2 cm), framed.
Condition: Trimmed sheet mounted to Fabriano solid sketch block support, toning, crease and surface loss with repair to l.r. corner.

Provenance: Collection of Dory Previn, Massachusetts.

Exhibitions: Three Young Collections: Selections from the Collections of Donald and Lynn Factor, Dennis and Brooke Hopper, André and Dory Previn, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, January 15-February 26, 1967, cat. no. 10.

N.B. Dory Previn began collecting art with her first husband, André Previn, a world-renowned conductor, composer, and pianist. The breadth of their collection was wide, including American and Mexican folk art, Indian miniatures, and modern American and European paintings and drawings. The Previns particularly favored small, exceptional artworks by American modernists like this example by Charles Demuth.
Estimate $20,000-30,000

Also with a label from Cart & Crate, Los Angeles, inscribed "Previn" in ballpoint pen, affixed to the frame backing paper.

Sketch block support measures 10 x 5 1/2 in. (25.5 x 14.0 cm) and bears a label from R. Weber & Co., Philadelphia.

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