Watercolor on ledger paper, Chinese ceramic plate, attributed* to James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834-1903). Signed with the artist's butterfly monogram. Circa 1870. 12 5/8 x 7 1/2 inches. Very good condition, with no apparent damage or repairs. Unframed for auction inspection and shipping.
Lot Note: A similar watercolor of identical measurements executed on the same unique 19th century ledger paper as the present lot and from the same original collection of works, was offered at Sotheby's, New York City, March 11, 1999, Lot 94 (see photograph which is included in this lot description). The presale estimate was $8,000 - 12,000.
Provenance: Private collection, California
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