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    Sale 7574

    Thomas Hope & The Neoclassical Vision & The Collector of Collections

    24 April 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 473

    A SPECIMEN MARBLE LOW TABLE

    20TH CENTURY

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    A SPECIMEN MARBLE LOW TABLE
    20TH CENTURY
    The rectangular white marble top incorporating a central rectangle or porphyry, surrounded by squares of other specimen marbles and minerals, on a steel base joined by stretchers
    14 in. (35.5 cm.) high; 22¼ in. (56.5 cm.) wide; 16¼ in. (41.5 cm.) deep


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    American-born francophile Henry Clarke (1918-1996) was a celebrated photographer. He was the quintessential American in Paris, his Irish heritage only adding to his already considerable charm. His talent and discerning eye were rapidly recognized and in 1950 he was hired by Vogue where he remained for close to thirty years. Clarke's unforgettable portraits include those of Katherine Helburn, Sophia Loren, Coco Chanel and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor.
    Clarke was also a keen collector, his friendship with the antiquaire Raymond Poteau being instrumental in the collection of important works of art in Clarke's Parisian apartment and Roquebrune villa. A philanthropist, Clarke bequeathed his photographic patrimoine to the Musée de la Mode et du Costume in Paris, and the rest of his possessions to the Institut Pasteur.

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    Provenance

    M. Henry Clarke (+); Christie's, Monaco, 20 June 1998, lot 42.