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1923 - 1997


porcelain enamel on steel with lacquered wooden base

52.1 by 40.6 by 10.2 cm. 20½ by 16 by 4 in.

Executed in 1965, this work is number 1 from an edition of 8. 

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This work is in every good condition. Very close inspection reveals some tiny imperfections to the enamel and some minute spots of wear in isolated placed to the extreme edges. Further very close inspection reveals some tiny and unobtrusive media accretions and superficial scratches in isolated places to the base. Very close inspection reveals a minute speck of the loss to the upper right of the reverse and some further spots to the tips of the legs where the work has been screwed to the base. Extremely close inspection reveals a few minute specks of inpainting to the inside extreme edge of the central hole on the reverse of the work.

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Leo Castelli Gallery, New York

Private Collection, Germany (acquired from the above in 1965)

Thence by descent to the present owner

Alberto Boatto & Giordano Falzoni, Lichtenstein, Rome 1966, p. 79, illustrated (ed. no. unknown)

John Coplans, Roy Lichtenstein, New York 1972, n.p., pl. 47, illustrated (ed. no. unknown)

New York, Museum of Modern Art, Art Lending Service, Penthouse Exhibitions: Art in Editions, June - August 1965 (ed. no. unknown)

Cleveland , Cleveland Museum of Art, Works by Roy Lichtenstein, November - December 1966 (ed. no. unknown)

New York, Museum of Modern Art, Art Lending Service, Penthouse Exhibition: Members Collect Retrospective Exhibition, March - May 1967 (ed. no. unknown)

New York, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art; Kansas City, Nelson Gallery-Atkins Museum; Seattle, Seattle Art Museum; and Columbus, Columbus Gallery of Fine Arts, Roy Lichtenstein, September - November 1969 (ed. no. unknown)

Mexico City, Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes, Roy Lichtenstein: Escultura, Pintura y Gráfica, July - October 1998, p. 82 (ed. no. unknown)

Washington D.C., The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Roy Lichtenstein: Sculpture & Drawings, June - September 1999, p. 57, no. 15, illustrated in colour (ed. no. unknown)

Michigan, University of Michigan Museum of Art, Pop!, June - September 2005 (ed. no. unknown)