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    Sale 2167

    Post War and Contemporary Evening Sale

    13 May 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 7

    Joseph Cornell (1903-1972)

    The Birth of the Nuclear Atom

    Price Realised  

    Joseph Cornell (1903-1972)
    The Birth of the Nuclear Atom
    signed and titled 'The Birth of the Nuclear Atom Joseph Cornell' (on paper labels affixed to the reverse)
    wood box construction -- glass, gouache, metal, cork and printed paper collage
    9¾ x 15 x 3¾ in. (24.8 x 38.1 x 9.5 cm.)
    Executed circa 1960.


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    Provenance

    Acquired from the artist by the present owner circa 1965


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF BETTY FREEMAN


    Exhibited

    Pasadena Art Museum, An Exhibition of Works by Joseph Cornell, December 1966-February 1967, p.51, no. 56 (illustrated).
    Pasadena Art Museum, 1967-1974 (on extended loan).
    New York, Museum of Modern Art; Whitechapel Art Gallery; Düsseldorf, Stadtische Kunsthalle; Florence, Palazzo Vecchio; Paris, Museé d'Arte Moderne de la Ville de Paris and Art Institute of Chicago, Joseph Cornell, October 1980-March 1982, p. 292, no. 207 (illustrated).