Achim Moeller has confirmed the authenticity of this watercolor.
Property from the Estates of Jane Wade Lombard and Lee Lombard
(Lots 101-107) Jane Wade Lombard, a native of Kansas City, Missouri moved to New York at the age of twenty and quickly commenced her first career as a Conover model. After a year, during which she was featured in full-page advertisements in the New York Times Sunday Magazine and other publications, Ms. Wade "fell in love" with art and soon was mentored by the great art dealer, Curt Valentin. She later recalled,
"I heard that Curt Valentin needed a secretary, so I went to see him. 'Do you paint?' he asked me. 'No,' I said. 'Then you're hired'." Ms. Wade revered her illustrious teacher, and after his death in 1954 she established a collection in his honor at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of
Art in Kansas City, Missouri.
Seasoned by a quarter century in the art world, she became a dealer and founded Jane Wade, Ltd. in 1965. Her clients included Joseph Hirshhorn, Joseph Pulitzer, and Norton Simon. She acquired for them and others works by artists including Brancusi, Calder, Chagall, Klee, Léger, Lipchitz, Matisse, Mondrian, Moore and Picasso.