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    Sale 2090

    European Furniture, Sculpture, Works Of Art, Tapestries And Carpets

    22 April 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 153

    A SPANISH GILTWOOD AND POLYCHROME-DECORATED FIGURE OF A SAINT

    LATE 18TH EARLY 19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A SPANISH GILTWOOD AND POLYCHROME-DECORATED FIGURE OF A SAINT
    LATE 18TH EARLY 19TH CENTURY
    Depicted with a full head of curly hair and standing with both arms reaching towards his right, dressed in an elaborate robe decorated with scrolling leaf and painted floral decoration, standing on a naturalistically carved ground
    17½ in. (44.5 cm.) high


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    Jane Kendall Mason had a much-discussed relationship with Ernest Hemingway, who used many details of her life in his fiction -- including a description of her Spanish statues with human hair in the original draft of To Have and Have Not (expurgated for legal reasons, as the descriptions of Mrs. Bradley were so explicitly modelled on Jane; the original manuscript resides in the Ernest Hemingway Collection of the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston).

    Under the influence of her close friend Clare Booth Luce, the wife of the founder of Time Magazine Henry Luce, Jane flirted with a conversion to Catholicism, collecting devotional objects such as this one.

    Provenance

    The Estate of Jane Kendall Mason


    Pre-Lot Text

    Jane Kendall Mason and Ernest Hemingway on Hemingway's boat, the Pilar, in Cuba circa 1932.

    Photo courtesy of Antony Mason.