03-02-2014 03-02-2014
Skinner Auctions
Skinner Auctions Boston MA
2710B Boston
March 2, 2014 10:00 AMCalender

Lucy Douglass, (Massachusetts, c. 1810) The Royal Psalmist.

Auction: American Furniture & Decorative Arts - 2710B Location: Boston Date / Time: March 02, 2014 10:00AM


Lucy Douglass, (Massachusetts, c. 1810)

The Royal Psalmist. Signed and titled in ink in the lower margin. Watercolor on paper, 17 3/4 x 25 1/2 in., in a period molded giltwood frame. Condition: Repaired tears, not examined out of frame.

Provenance: Retains two paper label from the American Folk Art Gallery, New York, one dated 1947, the other undated.

Exhibitions: There are two paper labels retained on the reverse, one indicating the painting was loaned to the Museum of Modern Art for the Exhibition of American Art 1609-1938, in Paris, 1938; the other a partial label from the Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Connecticut, February 1934; Downtown Gallery, New York, Fifty American Watercolors, February, 1938,
Americans at Home, October 1938, Artists Look at Music, January 1941, (#17), Amateur Art, September , 1952, and American Roots, September to October, 1962; Arts Club of Chicago Four Centuries, November, 1943; Mount Holyoke College, November, 1950; University of Minnesota, January, 1952; Eden Hill House, Newtown, Connecticut, June 1952, and June 1957; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., The Edith Gregor Halpert Collection, January, 1960; The Jewish Museum, New York, Biblical Themes in American Folk Art, April 20 to June 15, 1954; Neiman Marcus, American Fortnight, November 16-28, 1961; Museum of Early American Folk Art, New York, April 1964, and November, 1966; Monmouth Museum, New Jersey, Masterpieces of American Folk Art, September--November, 1975.

Literature: Cover illustration, Artists Look at Music, (Chicago Daily News, 1943); American Primitive Painting, by Jean Lipman (Oxford University Press, 1942); The Jewish Museum, New York catalog Biblical Themes, April, 1964.

Note: A note on the reverse indicates the painting was cleaned by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Estimate $30,000-50,000

Repaired tears upper center, about 4 1/2, c.r. about 4 in. through chair and woman's arm, l.l about 2 1/2 in from bottom edge, possibly others but hard to detect from the front, and several small approx. 1/2 in. repaired edge tears. Has conservation framing, unkown if work is laid down.

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American Folk Art Gallery, Connecticut, Lucy Douglass, Massachusetts, Wadsworth Atheneum, Paris, Downtown Gallery, Arts Club of Chicago, Mount Holyoke College, Newtown, University of Minnesota, Washington, D.C., Corcoran Gallery of Art, Minnesota, Jewish Museum, Neiman Marcus, Monmouth Museum, Museum of Early American Folk Art, Monmouth, Chicago Daily News, Jean Lipman, The Jewish Museum, Oxford University Press, Oxford University, chair