Artist: Tamara de Lempicka (Polish, 1898-1980).
Title: "Portrait de Rose Clerc au chapeau cloche".
Medium: Pencil drawing on paper.
Lot Note(s): Signed in pencil, lower left; titled in pencil, verso; collector stamps verso; red letter "B" stamp, lower right recto. Light cream wove watermarked paper. Very good condition overall; minor edge staining recto and verso which would be masked if matted and framed; small areas of foxing verso with only a few very minor fox marks recto; apparently never matted nor framed; no holes, tears, creases, etc.; presents very well. Overall size: 12 x 9 1/2 in. (305 x 241 mm). There are several comparable auction sales in the past five years which support pre-sale estimates higher than our $25,000/30,000 for this work (cf. “Portrait d’une jeune femme au chapeau cloche,” sold for $59,250 (€44,700) at Christie’s, Paris, June 26, 2015, lot #38. Christie’s work is similar in composition to our example but, although half-length, in our opinion is not as strong and finished as our object; the size is smaller than ours; and is stamp, not pencil, signed). Lempicka, born Maria Gorska in Warsaw, Poland, was an Art Deco painter and "the first woman artist to be a glamour star." Image copyright © Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. [29764-2-16000]