JEAN GOULDEN | STUDY FOR A BOX AND AN INCENSE-BURNER
JEAN GOULDEN | STUDY FOR A BOX AND AN INCENSE-BURNER
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JEAN GOULDEN | STUDY FOR A BOX AND AN INCENSE-BURNER
JEAN GOULDEN | STUDY FOR A BOX AND AN INCENSE-BURNER
JEAN GOULDEN | STUDY FOR A BOX AND AN INCENSE-BURNER
JEAN GOULDEN | STUDY FOR A BOX AND AN INCENSE-BURNER
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JEAN GOULDEN | STUDY FOR A BOX AND AN INCENSE-BURNER

Estimate: 1,000 - 1,500 USD

JEAN GOULDEN | STUDY FOR A BOX AND AN INCENSE-BURNER

Estimate: 1,000 - 1,500 USD
Lot sold:875USD

Description

JEAN GOULDEN

1878 - 1946

STUDY FOR A BOX AND AN INCENSE-BURNER


Circa 1930

Gouache, silver paint and pencil on paper cut outs collaged on paper

5⅜ x 3⅛ in.; 13.5 x 8 cm

Condition Report

Overall in good condition. This study comprises two collaged elements pasted onto a black paper surface, which present with very minor lifting to the edges consistent with age and not visible unless closely inspected. The incense burner with very minor abrasions to the silvered and blue surfaces on the right side, not visually distracting. The watercolor surface presents with variations in application that are inherent to the process and contribute to the artistic quality of the study. This work has only been examined while framed. 


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Provenance

Private Collection, France

Galerie du Luxembourg, Paris,

Drouot, Paris, November 23, 2015, lot 465

Literature

Bernard Goulden, Jean Goulden, Paris, 1989, pp. 32 (for a period photograph of an incense-burner based on the present drawing), 63 (for a related work on paper)

Catalogue Note

Jean Goulden is best remembered for the finely crafted modernist boxes that he produced in extremely limited number throughout the 1920s. It was his friend Jean Dunand who originally encouraged him to explore the champlevé enamel technique, upon which he eventually relied to create his most remarkable boxes and objects such as vases, lights, trays and clocks. He and Dunand exhibited together at the Galerie Georges Petit from 1920 through 1933. The surviving works that he produced during this period, including drawings and watercolors, are extremely rare. The present lot, an artfully-executed sketch for a box and incense-burner, is among Goulden’s few color gouaches known to exist and highlights the artist’s talents as a painter. A well-documented and iconic piece, the incense-burner based on this sketch was made circa 1931 and presented at the Galerie Georges Petit the following year.