• Old Master, Modern & Contempor auction at Christies

    Sale 7839

    Old Master, Modern & Contemporary Prints

    31 March 2010, London, King Street

  • Lot 164

    Jacques Villon

    La Table Servie (G. & P. E 285)

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    Jacques Villon
    La Table Servie (G. & P. E 285)
    drypoint, 1913, on laid paper with an unidentified watermark, a fine impression, printing with rich burr and selectively wiped tone, possibly a proof before the edition of thirty and before the plate was polished, with small margins, slightly irregularly trimmed, inscribed J. Villon in pencil in the lower margin, light-stained, with pinholes at the sheet corners, two foxmarks and pale discolouration in the lower margin, mount staining verso
    P. 284 x 385 mm., S. 308 x 409 mm.

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    Walter Pach was one of the organisers of the first Armory Show in New York in 1913, the year this print was executed. Villon exhibited a number of cubist paintings and it is likely that he gave La table servie to Pach at this occasion. Twenty years later, Villon painted a portrait of Pach, which is today at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, and in 1949 they together published an article titled Thus is Cubism cultivated (Art News, 48, no. 3, New York, May 1949).
    A painting of La Table servie from 1912 is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

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    Walter Pach (1883-1958), New York. Then by descent to the present owners. (See note to lot 103.)

    Pre-Lot Text

    From the Collection of the Late Walter Pach