Monsieur Quentin Laurens, the holder of the Droit Moral, has kindly confirmed that this work is registered in his archives.
Fleur Cowles first met Braque in Paris whilst she was the editor of LOOK magazine and it was the start of an intimate friendship that lasted for the rest of the artist's life. Fleur recalled of the artist and the present work 'This painter had a special place in art history but equally so in my mind. We had become good friends before he died and one of his gifts hangs over our bed in London, keeping those wonderful memories alive ... he and I shared a love of birds, so he carved, painted and then framed a superb white dimensional bird on a deep blue ground and sent it to me.' (F. Cowles, 'George Braque and I', in Christie's International Magazine, July 2000).