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    Sale 12165

    American Art

    22 November 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 53

    Maxfield Parrish (1870-1966)

    Christmas Cover Design for Life Magazine

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    Estimate

    Maxfield Parrish (1870-1966)
    Christmas Cover Design for Life Magazine
    signed 'Maxfield Parrish' (lower center)
    oil, ink and gold leaf on paper
    15 x 12 in. (38.1 x 30.5 cm.)
    Executed in 1899.


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    The present work was published as the cover of the December 2nd, 1899 issue of Life magazine.

    Provenance

    Mr. and Mrs. Robert Scoville, New York.
    Frederick Keppel & Company, New York.
    Judge Willis Vickery, Cleveland, Ohio, acquired from the above.
    Scott & Fowles, New York.
    Mrs. Stevenson Scott, New York.
    Parke-Bernet, New York, English Period Furniture and Decorations, Paintings and Drawings, Georgian Silver, Bronzes, Gold Snuff Boxes, Oriental Rugs, 26 April 1946, lot 233, sold by the above.
    Victor D. Spark, New York.
    George and Joan Dillon, Kansas City, Missouri, acquired from the above, 1969.
    By descent to the present owner from the above.


    Literature

    Life, December 2, 1899, cover illustration.
    C. Ludwig, Maxfield Parrish, New York, 1973, p. 210, no. 247 (as Christmas 1899).