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100: John Singer Sargent (American, 1856-1925) Portrait

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Titled "Portrait of Filipino Maid", with letter of provenance from Mike Westrich of The Relic Room Miami Town, Ohio, 24"H X 18"W site, 26.25"H X 20.5"W frame, circa 1890.

Provenance: This painting was done in 1890 in Venice, Italy. It was gifted by Sargent to fellow artist (and cousin) Ralph Wormsley Curtis, of Venice. Mrs. Curtis (daughter) then inherited the painting. The painting then went as partial payment to Charles Merrill Mount for a life-sized portrait he painted of Mrs. Curtis. Charles Merrill Mount (1928-1995) Ireland/Washington D.C. was renowowned as the first biographer of John Singer Sargent (1955). He also did biographies of Claude Monet as well as Gilbert Stuart. Mount was considered as a leading authority on all three painters. As an expert on Sargent he believed that the "Portrait of Filipino Maid" was by the hand of Sargent. The portrait of Mrs. Curtis, by Mount, can be seen in the recent book by John Berendt titled "The City of Falling Angels", published in 2005. The painting's direct decent was a clean and direct contact with the original owner.

Property of a gentleman Lawrenceburg Indiana.

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Estimate $200,000 – $250,000
Starting Bid $75,000

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