Tuesday, January 24, 2012

A Chagall Souvenir

There's nothing like a good art book, but for me it's even better when the book has an original drawing by the artist. If it's a full page drawing in color, so much the better!

Bibliophiles get excited it when sumptuous art books are enhanced with beautiful souvenir drawings like this one by Marc Chagall, one of the towering figures of 20th century modernism. This book will be offered for sale at Christie's South Kensington on February 10.

Marc Chagall (1887-1985) 
Peintre sous un arbre
dated '1979' (lower left) and signed and dedicated 'Pour Ingrid et Alfred en bon souvenir Chagall' (on the opposite page)
wax crayon, pen and brush and India ink on paper
11¾ x 11 in. (30 x 27.8 cm.)
Executed in 1979; this work is executed on the frontispiece of the book Marc Chagall, De Draeger, Paris, 1979.

    £9,000 - £12,000
  • ($13,977 - $18,636)
February 10, 2012:  Price Realized 

  • ($19,725)
  • Sales totals are hammer price plus buyer’s premium and do not reflect costs, financing fees or application of buyer’s or seller’s credits.

    Sale Information
Special Notice
Artist's Resale Right ("droit de Suite"). If the Artist's Resale Right Regulations 2006 apply to this lot, the buyer also agrees to pay us an amount equal to the resale royalty provided for in those Regulations, and we undertake to the buyer to pay such amount to the artist's collection agent.


Neuman Collection, Saint Paul de Vence, a gift from the artist.
Leo Baeck College, London, by bequest from the above.
Anonymous sale, Montefiore, Tel Aviv, 8 July 2010, lot 247.
Acquired at the above sale by the present owner???? 

Lot Notes

The Comité Chagall has confirmed the authenticity of this work. 

Note:  My previous post on Marc Chagall is here. It features a gorgeous painting with the Eiffel Tower that was owned by Alice Teriade.


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