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    Sale 7537

    The Somov Collection

    28 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 268

    Two boxes of personal belongings

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    Two boxes of personal belongings
    An oblong greenish leather box the lid impressed in gold with a rococo style cartouche inscribed in French containing a paint brush and pince-nez in a black leather case marked 'E. B. Meyrowitz/Paris'; together with an oblong wood book with cut angles, the cover mounted on hinges, veneered with panels of burled maple and inlaid in various woods with a rectangular motif, containing two pairs of leather gloves, white and beige, a silk scarf and a burnisher
    8 5/8 in. (21.9 cm.) height; 10 5/8 in. (27 cm.) height (6)

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    Somov treated his paintbrushes with great care. His nephew, Evgenii Mikhailov, testifies to that fact in his memoirs: Somov jealously guarded his brushes and only gave them to someone else for cleaning if he had to rush somewhere. K.A. [Somov] took extraordinary care and time to clean his brushes himself, in the palm of his hand, with Kazan soap and water. If, after cleaning, the hairs did not lay as they should, he would correct them with his mouth.
    E.S. Mikhailov memoirs, p. 497

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