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    Sale 2046

    Impressionist and Modern Art Day Sale

    6 November 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 124

    Georges Rouault (1871-1958)

    Deux clowns

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    Georges Rouault (1871-1958)
    Deux clowns
    signed, dated twice and indistinctly inscribed 'Georges Rouault 1907 André Metthey ceramicist Asnières' (on the reverse)
    painted and glazed ceramic
    20 1/8 x 24 in. (51.1 x 61 cm.)
    Executed in 1907

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    Ambroise Vollard, Paris.
    Edouard Jonas, Paris.
    Alex and Rita K. Hillman, New York (acquired from the above, July 1950).
    Gift from the above to the present owner, October 1968.

    Pre-Lot Text

    Property from the Alex Hillman Family Foundation*


    B. Dorival and I. Rouault, Rouault, L'oeuvre peint, Monte-Carlo, 1988, vol. I, p. 340, no. C10 (illustrated).
    E. Braun, et al., Manet to Matisse, The Hillman Family Collection, Seattle and London, 1994, p. 154, no. 57 (illustrated in color, p. 155; titled Clowns et cirque/Deux Clowns).


    Brussels, Palais des Beaux Arts and The Hague, Municipal Museum, Georges Rouault Retrospective, 1952, no. 14.
    Paris, Musée National d'Art Moderne, Georges Rouault, July-October 1952, no. 113.
    New York, The Museum of Modern Art; The Cleveland Museum of Art and Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Rouault Retrospective Exhibition, 1953, p. 32.
    New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Summer Loan, 1963.
    New York University, The Grey Art Gallery, Georges Rouault, April-May 1981.

    Post Lot Text

    *This lot may be exempt from sales tax as set forth in the Sales Tax Notice in the back of the catalogue.