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Edgar Degas (French, 1834-1917) Preparatory Drawing for Semiramis Building Babylon

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Auction: American & European Works of Art - 3072BLocation: BostonDate / Time: January 26, 2018 10:00AM


Edgar Degas (French, 1834-1917)

Preparatory Drawing for Semiramis Building Babylon
Unsigned, stamped (faded) "ATELIER ED. DEGAS" l.l. and "Douane Paris Centrale" on the verso l.r.
Tissue paper mounted onto paperboard, 27 3/4 x 17 in. (70.4 x 43.1 cm),unframed.
Condition: Tears, creases, mat burn, toning.

Provenance: Maurice Exteens, Paris; Galerie Kornfeld, Bern (1960); Walter Feilchenfeldt, Zürich; Erich Maria Remarque, Porto Ronco (1961); Paulette Goddard Remarque, Porto Ronco (1970); private collection, New Hampshire.

Literature: Thomas F. Schneider and Inge Jaehner with Walter M. Feilchenfeldt and Suzanne Schwarz Zuber, Remarques Impressionisten: Kunstsammeln und Kunsthandel im Exil = Remarque's Impressionists: Art Collecting and Art Dealing in Exile, Göttingen and Bristol, CT: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2013, catalogue number 96, pp. 392-93 (illustrated).

Exhibitions: Choix d'une collection privée, Sammlungen G.P. [Gustave Pellet] und M.E. [Maurice Exteens], Impressionisten, Neoimpressionisten, Spätimpressionisten, Klipstein und Kornfeld, Bern, October 22-November 30, 1960, catalogue number 7.

N.B. This work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from Brame & Lorenceau and will be included in the forthcoming catalogue raisonné.
Estimate $15,000-20,000

Two repaired tears along the top edge measuring 1 1/2 in. and 4 in. respectively. A small area of paper missing along the middle of the left edge measuring 1/2 in. diameter. Hinged to mat along the right side.

Additional markings on the reverse of the mat support "Eigentium: E. M. Remarques," stamped "Douane/Exportation/Paris/Centrale," and label fragment "K No. 757."

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Walter Feilchenfeldt, Walter M. Feilchenfeldt, Paulette Goddard Remarque, Suzanne Schwarz Zuber, Thomas F. Schneider, Inge Jaehner, Maurice Exteens, Bern, G�ttingen, Paris