• Impressionist/Modern Day Sale auction at Christies

    Sale 7833

    Impressionist/Modern Day Sale

    3 February 2010, London, King Street

  • Lot 510

    Henri Matisse (1869-1954)

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    Price Realised  

    Henri Matisse (1869-1954)
    Nus
    signed 'Henri Matisse' (on the underside)
    painted and glazed ceramic
    Height: 20 7/8 in. (53 cm.)
    Executed circa 1905-1906; this work is unique


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    Wanda de Guébriant has confirmed the authenticity of this work.


    Between 1906 and 1908 a number of artists with the Galerie Ambroise Vollard, including Matisse, Derain, Dufy and Friesz, explored the possibilities inherent in ceramics at the studio of André Metthey (1871-1920) in Asnières. As was the case with illustrated books, this collaboration, made possible by the patronage of Vollard, bears witness to the creative experiments launched by this young generation of painters in search of new means of expression. In 1936 Vollard donated approximately fifty of these ceramics to the Musée du Petit Palais in Paris and today the vast majority of the remaining production is housed in the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris.

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    Provenance

    Morris J. Pinto, Geneva.
    Anonymous sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, 25 November 2003, lot 21.
    Acquired at the above sale; sale, Christie's, London, 8 February 2005, lot 355.
    Private collection, London, by whom acquired at the above sale and thence by descent.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A PRIVATE COLLECTOR


    Exhibited

    Bielefeld, Kunsthalle, Henri Matisse, Das goldene Zeitalter, October - December 1981, no. 89.
    Paris, Galerie Berggruen, Matisse, 1983, no. 4.