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Jean Dubuffet

La gorgerette froncée (The Puckered Collar)


Botanical elements (lotus, scorzonera) and oil on paper on board

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Jean Dubuffet (French, 1901-1985).

This piece is final sale and not eligible for return.

"La gorgerette froncée" ("The Puckered Collar") belongs to Jean Dubuffet’s Éléments Botaniques series of 1959. This exquisite work draws on the flattened, frontal figures in Dubuffet’s Texturologies while combining organic materials with oil paint to form an elegant grotesque that recalls the vegetable-human hybrids of 16th-century Italian mannerist Giuseppe Arcimboldo.

Height: 23.6 inches / 59.94 cm
Width: 19.75 inches / 50.16 cm
Depth: 1 inches / 2.54 cm
Frame Height: 27.88 inches / 70.82 cm
Frame Width: 23.75 inches / 60.33 cm
Frame Depth: 1.7 inches / 4.32 cm

Signed and dated lower right: J. Dubuffet / 59


Arthur Tooth & Sons, London

E.J. Power, London (purchased from the above in May 1960)

Waddington Galleries, London (1981)

Daniel Varenne, Geneva

Stephane Janssen, Arizona

Christie’s, New York, Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Sale, May 14, 2002, Lot 29

Private Collection (purchased from the above sale)

Christie's, London, Contemporary Art Evening Sale, February 11, 2016, Lot 52

Waddington Custot Galleries, London


Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C., Jean Dubuffet 1943 – 1963: Paintings, Sculptures, Assemblages, June 17 – September 12, 1993, Catalogue no. 83, illustrated in color p. 129.

Waddington Galleries, London, Jean Dubuffet: a retrospective, October 5–29, 1983, Catalogue no. 20, illustrated in black and white p. 34.

Waddington Galleries, London, Groups V, January 7–30, 1982, Catalogue no. 27, illustrated in black and white p. 34.

Arthur Tooth & Sons, London, Jean Dubuffet: Éléments Botaniques (Août–Décembre 1959), May 31 – June 18 1960, Catalogue no. 24, illustrated in black and white.


Max Loreau (ed.), Catalogue des travaux de Jean Dubuffet: Matériologies, Fascicule XVII, Lausanne: Weber Editeur, 1969, no. 51, illustrated in black and white p. 50.

Jean Dubuffet: Paintings, Sculptures, Assemblages 1943-1963, Washington D.C., Hirshhorn Museum, 1993, no. 83, illustrated in color p. 129

Condition Report

Excellent condition.

Art Period
Art Brut