dye-transfer print, flush-mounted, the photographer's estate stamp, signed and dated by Michael Ward Stout, Executor, in ink and with title, date, edition 'AP 1/1,' and '[MAP] DT 1836' in ink on the reverse, framed, 1987, artist's proof in addition to the edition of 7
18¾ by 18½ in. (47.6 by 47 cm.)
This dye-transfer print is generally excellent condition. The colors remain bright and saturated, with no apparent fading. When examined closely in high raking light, the following are visible: a thin hairline scratch which does not appear to break the emulsion in the lower right quadrant, and scattered tiny deposits of original retouching. There is very minor rubbing along the right edge, possibly from contact with a mat. None of the aforementioned detract in any way from the overall fine appearance of this vibrant photograph.
The margin corners and upper margin edge have insignificant wear.
'V' [circled] is written in an unidentified hand in pencil on the reverse of the mount.
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Collection of Sir Elton John
Christie's New York, Photographs from the Collection of Sir Elton John, 14 October 2004, Sale 1541, Lot 52
Christie's London, 17 May 2006, Sale 7226, Lot 92
Flowers: Mapplethorpe (Boston, 1990), pl. 30
John Ashbery, Mapplethorpe: Pistils (New York, 1996), back cover of slip case, pp. 113 and 155 (black and white or sepia variants)
Herbert Muschamp, Mapplethorpe: The Complete Flowers (New York, 2006), pls. 156 (sepia variant) and 157