• Impressionist and Modern Day S auction at Christies

    Sale 2354

    Impressionist and Modern Day Sale

    4 November 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 416

    Leonard Tsuguharu Foujita (1886-1968)

    La jeune fille aux pommes de terre

    Price Realised  


    Leonard Tsuguharu Foujita (1886-1968)
    La jeune fille aux pommes de terre
    signed and inscribed 'Foujita Paris' (lower right); signed and inscribed again, dated and inscribed 'Foujita Paris 1952 "Pomme de terre"' (on the stretcher)
    oil on canvas
    13 x 9½ in. (33 x 24.1 cm.)
    Painted in 1952

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    Julia Child, the beloved American chef, author and television personality, was the second owner of this painting. Her husband, Paul, gave this work to her while the couple lived in Paris. La jeune fille aux pommes de terre hung in their home from the year it was painted in 1952 until Child's death in 2004.

    (fig. 1) Photograph of Julia Child, Simone Beck and Louisette Bertholle in the Child's kitchen, with the present work in the background. Photograph by Paul Child, 8 March 1953.


    Galerie Paul Pétridès, Paris.
    Paul and Julia Child, Paris (acquired from the above, June 1952).
    Acquired from the family of the above by the present owner, circa 2008.

    Saleroom Notice

    Please note the present lot is not recorded in the referenced literature.

    This lot will travel to Paris immediately following the sale to obtain a certificate of authenticity from Sylvie Buisson.


    Paris, Galerie Paul Pétridès, Foujita, June 1952, no. 32.