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Jean-Théodore Dupas

Panel from "The Birth of Aphrodite" Mural from the Grand Salon of the S. S. Normandie

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Jean-Théodore Dupas

Jean-Théodore Dupas

Panel from "The Birth of Aphrodite" Mural from the Grand Salon of the S. S. Normandie

Panel from "The Birth of Aphrodite" Mural from the Grand Salon of the S. S. Normandie

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Property from a California Collection

Jean-Théodore Dupas

Panel from "The Birth of Aphrodite" Mural from the Grand Salon of the S. S. Normandie


circa 1934

verre églomisé

52⅞ x 35⅞ x 1¼ in. (134.3 x 91.1 x 3.2 cm), framed

Overall in very good condition. The present panel, which depicts a ship’s sails and riggings, was originally included as part of “The Birth of Aphrodite" mural in the Grand Salon of the S. S. Normandie. This lot exemplifies Dupas’ use of the verre églomisé technique of applying both a design and gilding onto the rear face of glass to achieve a mirrored finish. The reverse gilded design presents with occasional and minor crackling, light abrasions and areas of minute losses to the surface which are scattered and not visually distracting. The glass overall is well-preserved. The upper corners are notched, which is inherent to production and facilitates its installation within the larger decorative mural. The glass presents with light scratches, scuffing, surface soiling and very minor abrasions which are not visually distracting. The lower proper left corner with a small loss to the glass measuring approximately ½ in., only visible upon close inspection. The upper proper left corner with two shallow clamshell chips, the largest measuring approximately ¼ in. and only visible upon close inspection. This lot is offered together with a later ebonized and gilt wood frame in excellent condition with a few minor losses to the wood surface, the largest measuring approximately ¾ in. and not visually distracting. The piece has not been examined out of the frame.


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. 

NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.

Marco Behar, New York, circa 1950s
Thence by descent to the present owner
Louis Cheronnet, "Normandie," Art et Décoration, July 1935, p. 253
Yvanhoé Rambosson, "Le Paquebot Normandie, Héraut de France," Mobilier et Décoration, July 1935, pp. 267-268
Bruno Foucart, et al., Normandie Queen of the Seas, New York, 1985, p. 72 (for the cartoon of the mural)
Louis-Rene Vian, Arts Décoratifs À Bord des Paquebots Français 1880-1960, Paris, 1992, pp. 192-195
John Maxtone-Graham, Normandie: France's Legendary Art Deco Oceanliner, New York, 2007, pp. 92-93, 206 and 245
The Normandie: Floating Art Deco Palace, Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach, January 15-March 14, 1993
Sotheby's would like to thank Romain Lefebvre for his assistance with the cataloguing of this lot.