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Gertrude Abercrombie (American, 1909-1977) Shell

Auction:
3072B
Lot:
347
Sold for:
$5,228$4,250

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Auction:
American & European Works of Art - 3072B
Location:
Boston
Date / Time :
January 26, 2018 10:00AM

Description:

Gertrude Abercrombie (American, 1909-1977)

Shell
Signed and dated "abercrombie '52" l.l., titled and inscribed "...for Mary D..." on an unattributed label affixed to the reverse, with labels from Eitel's Milwaukee affixed to the frame backing, inscribed "GERTRUDE ABERCROMBIE-CHICAGO 1952..." on the frame backing.
Oil on Masonite, 3 x 3 1/2 in. (7.6 x 8.9 cm), framed (in a liner).
Condition: Surface grime.

N.B. Chicago surrealist Gertrude Abercrombie worked on spare interiors, illusionary landscapes, and tiny still lifes like this painting. She repeatedly returned to the same subjects—often objects she kept in her studio including ostrich eggs, seashells, and rocks—and her paintings rarely include any humans other than herself. She asserted that all of her works were autobiographical, and the subjects of her still lifes were always items in her possession.
Estimate $1,000-1,500

Framed dimensions: 4 7/8 x 5 in.

Very small losses and abrasions to edges, possible varnish discoloration.


The absence of a condition statement does not imply that the lot is in perfect condition or completely free from wear and tear, imperfections or the effects of aging. Condition requests can be obtained via email (lot inquiry button) or by telephone to the appropriate gallery location (Boston/617.350.5400 or Marlborough/508.970.3000). Any condition statement given, as a courtesy to a client, is only an opinion and should not be treated as a statement of fact. Skinner Inc. shall have no responsibility for any error or omission.

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CHICAGO, Milwaukee, Gertrude, Gertrude Abercrombie, Illinois

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