25 June 1998
PAUL-CéSAR HELLEU (FRENCH, 1859-1927)
LIONNE AUX HORTENSIAS BLEUS
SIGNED 'HELLEU' (LOWER LEFT)
PASTEL ON CANVAS
29.5/8 X 39¾ IN. (75.2 X 101 CM.)
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HONFLEUR, MUSéE BOUDIN, PAUL HELLEU, 1993, NO.48.
THE SITTER WAS THE MODEL, GISELLE, ALSO KNOWN AS 'THE LIONESS'.
MME. HOWARD-JOHNSON, THE ARTIST'S DAUGHTER, HAS KINDLY CONFIRMED THE AUTHENTICITY OF THIS WORK.
The designer and decorator shows us around his Santa Monica HQ, and enthuses over the forthcoming Rooms as Portraits auctions in London and New York
Chinese Works of Art specialist Olivia Hamilton reckons this pair of superb sculptures — around 1,300 years old — are ‘the finest I've seen come up for sale‘