02-27-2016 02-27-2016
Skinner Auctions
Skinner Auctions Boston MA
2880B Boston
February 27, 2016 10:00 AMCalender

Thomas Sully (American, 1783-1872) William Platt and Maria Taylor Platt: A Pair of Portraits

Auction: American Furniture & Decorative Arts - 2880B Location: Boston Date / Time: February 27, 2016 10:00AM


Thomas Sully (American, 1783-1872)

William Platt and Maria Taylor Platt: A Pair of Portraits
Monogrammed and dated "TS/1841" l.r. and l.l., respectively.
Oil on canvas, 20 1/4 x 17 1/4 in. (51.3 x 43.5 cm), framed.
Condition: Lined, portrait of Maria has spots of inpainting at edges and a few spots in the background; portrait of William has a few spots of inpainting in the background and a repaired 1 1/2 inch tear in his jacket.

Provenance: By descent within the Platt family to the current owner.

Literature: Edward Biddle and Mantle Fielding, The Life and Works of Thomas Sully (Philadelphia: Wickersham Press, 1921), entries 1386 and 1387, pp. 248-49.

N.B. Maria Platt (née Taylor) married William Platt of Philadelphia. According to Sully's records, her portrait, painted for her daughter Mrs. David Pepper, was begun May 4 and finished May 25, 1841. Her husband, William Platt, was an East Indian merchant of Philadelphia and father of Charles Platt, President of the Insurance Company of North America. Sully's notes indicate that his portrait was begun June 4 and finished June 14, 1841.
Estimate $5,000-7,000

Each with a label from Robert M. Lindsay Fine Arts, Philadelphia, on the back of the frame.

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Thomas Sully, William Platt, Maria Taylor Platt, Philadelphia, Edward Fielding, Mantle Fielding, Wickersham Press, B. Maria Platt, David Pepper, portrait head, President, Charles Platt, Insurance Company of North America, Robert M. Lindsay