Sotheby's Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale in London was led by Monet's L'Entrée de Giverny en hiver, which achieved £8,217,250 / $12,901,904 / €9,635,549. This was a record price for a snowscape by the artist.
Other highlights included George Braque's L'Oliveraie which brought £5,081,250 (est. £2-3 million) and Fernand Léger's definitive compositions of the 1940s, La Jeune Fille à l'échelle which sold for £3,961,250 (est. £3.8-4.5 million).
The correct title of this work is Ohne Titel (MÃ¼hle mit rotem Mann); Untitled (Mill with Red Man), and not as stated in the printed catalogue.
This lot should have no Artist's Resale Right symbol in the printed catalogue.
The correct medium for this work is oil and sand on canvas and the correct dimensions are 61 by 83cm., 24 by 32 5/8 in., and not as stated in the printed catalogue. There is additional provenance and further exhibition and literature references as follows:
PROVENANCE: Marie Harriman Gallery, New York Walter P. Chrysler, Jr., New York (acquired from the above) Mr & Mrs Jack I. Poses, New York (acquired from the above) Thence by descent to the present owners
EXHIBITED: Paris, Salon de la Folle Enchère, 1930 Amsterdam, E.S. van Wisselingh & Co., La Peinture Française aux XIX et XX Siecles, 1935, no. 5 (illustrated in the catalogue) New York, Poughkeepsie, Vassar College, Exhibition of Abstractions, 1934 Connecticut, Hartford, Wadsworth Athenaeum, Collection of James T. Soby, 1934 Chicago, Arts Club of Chicago, Exhibition of the Walter P. Chrysler Jr., Collection, 1937, no. 17 Detroit, Detroit Institute of Arts, Selected Exhibition of the Walter P. Chrysler, Jr., Collection, 1937, no. 19 (illustrated in the catalogue) Chicago, Arts Club of Chicago, Braque Retrospective Exhibition, 1939, no. 38 Washington D.C., Phillips Memorial Gallery, Braque Retrospective Exhibition, 1939-1940, no. 31 San Francisco, San Francisco Museum of Art, Braque Retrospective Exhibition, 1940, no. 38 Richmond, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts & Philadelphia, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Collection of Walter P. Chrysler, Jr., 1941, no. 23 (titled Still Life with Guitar) New York, Perls Galleries, G. Braque - An American Tribute: The Twenties, 1964, no. 28, illustrated in the catalogue
LITERATURE: Detroit News, 7th October 1937, p. 17 Art News, 22nd October 1938 Galerie Maeght (ed.), Catalogue de l'œuvre de Georges Braque, Peintures 1924-1927, Paris, 1968, no. 95, illustrated Massimo Carrà, Tout l'œuvre peint de Braque 1908-1928, Paris, 1973, no. 336, illustrated
The correct medium for this work is pastel and gouache on paper and the correct measurements are 75.9 by 53.6cm. (29 7/8 by 21 1/8 in.), and not as stated in the printed catalogue.
The additional exhibition reference for this work is: London, New Burlington Galleries, International Surrealist Exhibition, 1936, no. 232
The correct medium for this work is oil and assemblage on panel, and not as stated in the printed catalogue.
This painting has been requested for the exhibition Impressionism and Fashion held at the Musée d'Orsay, Paris, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and The Art Institute, Chicago from 25th September 2012 to 22nd September 2013.