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Jean-Théodore Dupas

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

Property from the Collection of James and Lois Garner

Jean-Théodore Dupas

Jean-Théodore Dupas

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

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

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Property from the Collection of James and Lois Garner

Jean-Théodore Dupas

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


circa 1934

verre églomisé

50⅞ x 34¾ x 2 in. (129.2 x 88.3 x 5.1 cm) each, framed

Overall in very good condition. The present panels were originally included as part of "The Birth of Aphrodite” mural in the Grand Salon of the S. S. Normandie. This lot embodies 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 loss to the surface which are scattered and not visually distracting. The glass is well-preserved overall. One panel presents with a fine crack to the lower right corner measuring approximately 5 in. long, stable and not visually distracting. The glass panels are housed in a later wooden frame, each in excellent condition. The panels have not been examined out of the frames. The pair of panels are from a dynamic and stunning part of the mural and provide an opportunity to acquire two adjacent panels from this important commission.


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.

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-René 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
Sotheby's would like to thank Romain Lefebvre for his assistance with the cataloguing of this lot.