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    Sale 7600

    Impressionist and Modern Art Day Sale

    25 June 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 560

    Jean Pougny (1894-1956)

    Intérieur, armoire blanche et chaise noire

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    Jean Pougny (1894-1956)
    Intérieur, armoire blanche et chaise noire
    signed 'Pougny' (lower right)
    oil on canvas laid down on board
    23¾ x 7 5/8 in. (60.4 x 19.4 cm.)
    Painted in 1948

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    M. Silbiger, London.
    Private collection, London, by whom acquired in the early 1950s, and thence by descent to the present owner.

    Pre-Lot Text


    Christie's is delighted to offer for sale a selection of oils and works on paper from a private London collection. Unveiled to the public art market for the first-time since the parents of the present owner acquired them in the 1940s and 1950s, these works are, nonetheless, very well known to connoisseurs and academic institutions through important exhibitions to which they have been generously lent over the past decades. They have been the pride and joy of two generations of collectors, gracing the walls of the beautiful London houses where the owners lived with their children and grandchildren.

    The family's passion for art took root in the 1920s - love for art and music was always encouraged in the family. In the early 1930s, it became a real commitment, especially for the parents of the present owner. They soon became enlightened, daring, risk-taking collectors, immersed in the contemporary art scene of their time, visiting regularly galleries and museums in London and Paris, befriending the most important dealers of their generation, meeting the most renowned artists, from Chagall to Leger, and even financially supporting artists of the Ecole de Paris, such as Atlan, through yearly contracts and constant acquisitions.

    Art became an intrinsic, fundamental part of family life - the children grew up surrounded by these pictures and were the subjects of tender portraits by the artists, who dedicated them works at pivotal moments of their lives (marriages, births...).

    The selection of works, offered for sale by Christie's in four different locations in the forthcoming months (Tel Aviv, Amsterdam, New York and London), underlines a unique sense of appreciation of rarity and beauty, that one finds only in the most sincere art-lovers and collectors.
    In this sale, works from this collection are lots 575 & 576.



    R.V. Gindertael, Pougny, Paris, 1957 (illustrated).
    H. Berninger, Jean Pougny (Iwan Puni) 1892-1956, Catalogue de l'oeuvre, vol. II, Paris - Côte d'Azur 1924-1956, Paintings, Tübingen, 1992, no. 922 (illustrated p. 235).


    New York, Galerie Knoedler, Pougny, 1949, no. 10.
    London, Adams Brothers, Exhibition of Paintings by Jean Pougny, 1950, no. 19.
    Paris, Galerie de France, Pougny, Oeuvres Récentes, November 1950, no. 8 (illustrated in colour).
    London, Ben Uri Art Gallery, Coronation Exhibition, 1953, no. 16.
    Paris, Musée National d'Art Moderne, Rétrospective Pougny, January - February 1958, no. 57 (illustrated).
    Zurich, Kunsthaus, Rétrospective Pougny, April - May 1960, no. 90.
    Paris, Galerie Charpentier, Rétrospective Pougny, December 1961 - January 1962, no. 96.
    Eastbourne, The Towner Art Gallery, The Margulies Collection, November 1960, no. 69; this exhibition later travelled to Southampton, Southampton Art Gallery, Cardiff, The National Museum of Wales, Aberdeen, The Art Gallery, Kelvingrove, Glasgow, The Art Gallery and Museum, Kingston-upon-Hull, Ferens Art Gallery, Birmingham, City Museum and Art Gallery and Liverpool, Walker Art Gallery.