Early 20th Century European Tabernacle Frame designed by Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema and made by Thomas Maw for Carcalla: AD211
- sight size: 8 7/8 by 15 in., section: 3 3/8 in.
- 22.5 by 38.1 cm; 8.57 cm
Thence by descent to the present owner
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The present and following lots belonged to Allen Funt, creator of the popular prank television show Candid Camera. Beginning in the 1960s, Funt, acquired a significant number of Lawrence Alma-Tadema’s masterworks. Funt exhibited thirty-five of the artist’s compositions in a landmark show at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1973 before offering them at auction at Sotheby’s, Belgravia on November 6, 1973. Before the sale, Funt had photographic reproductions made so that they could remain hanging in the original frames kept in his home as a reminder of, he explained, his “love affair with these wonderful paintings” (Allen Funt with Philip Reed, Candidly Allen Funt, a Million Smiles Later, New York, 1994, p. 97). While several of Funt’s Alma-Tademas have come to auction in recent years (most notably The Finding of Moses sold in these rooms on November 4, 2010 for $36 million), others remain held by private collections or are currently unlocated.
We would like to thank Vern G. Swanson for providing additional catalogue information.