Property of a Private Midwestern Collection
JOHN LA FARGE
1835 - 1910
BLUE IRIS, STUDY
watercolor on paper
10 ¾ by 9 inches
(27.3 by 22.9 cm)
Executed in 1879.
The sheet is hinged to the support at three places along the reverse of the top edge and there is minor staining at the extreme edges.
In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.
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The artist (sold: Leonard's Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts, December 18, 1879, lot 3)
Henry Lee Higginson (acquired at the above sale)
James Jackson Higginson (his brother, gift from the above)
Oliver Claxton (acquired from the above)
Margaret G. Fiske (acquired from the above)
Vose Galleries, Boston, Massachusetts
Jerald Dillon Fessenden, by 1987
The Jordan-Volpe Gallery, New York, by 1995
Washington, D.C., National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Carnegie Museum of Art; Boston, Massachusetts, Museum of Fine Arts, John La Farge, July 1987-April 1988, no. 107, pp. 142-43, illustrated p. 143
New York, The Jordan-Volpe Gallery, Nature Vivante: The Still Lifes of John La Farge, April-June 1995, no. 62, pp. 47-48, 137, illustrated p. 137; also illustrated pl. 37, p. 104