7 May 2009
Property from the Estate of Joan S. Ben-Avi
Edgar Degas (1834-1917)
bears signature and inscription
charcoal and pastel on buff paper laid down on board
31 3/8 x 22¼ in. (79.7 x 56.5 cm.)
Drawn circa 1890
Nina Lebel, Paris.
Paul and Sophie Sampliner, New York (acquired from the above, June 1954).
By descent from the above to the late owner.
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