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Skinner Auctions
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3203B Boston
January 25, 2019 10:00AMCalender

Louis Michel Eilshemius (American, 1864-1941) Three Nude Women in Water

Auction: American & European Works of Art - 3203B Location: Boston Date / Time: January 25, 2019 10:00AM


Louis Michel Eilshemius (American, 1864-1941)

Three Nude Women in Water
Signed "EilshemiuS" l.r., identified and numbered "P 344.74" on a label from the Personal Collection of Joseph H. Hirshhorn and with an unattributed label, with the Hirshhorn collection number, both affixed to the frame backing board.
Oil on pressed paperboard mounted to Masonite, 18 x 30 3/8 in. (46.0 x 77.0 cm), framed.
Condition: Loss to paperboard at upper corners, small paint loss to center, subtle horizontal surface imperfections with small line of paint loss u.c. and with an 1/8-in. diameter accretion or similar to c.r.

Provenance: Collection of Joseph H. Hirshhorn (American, 1899-1981), financier, philanthropist, and benefactor of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC; by gift to Hirshhorn family members in 1980; then by descent within the family.
Estimate $2,000-2,500

The Masonite backing is finished with a shiny blue surface. There is a third paper label affixed to the backing which is inscribed "JHH Personal/ JHH/ dry clean/dull varnish" and is marked also with the letter "A." The back of the Masonite is also inscribed directly in black "P 344.74" with the letter "A" beneath it.

The accretion noted in the condition report is about the size of a nail head (1/8 inch diameter and dark in color), and its surface is raised above the surrounding area. It is located in the upper right quadrant, 4 3/4 inches in and 6 inches down from the upper right corner. The subtle horizontal imperfections consist of two subtle "lines" in the varnish which are about 3 inches apart at the left edge of the work and converge at the right side of the work. There is a second set of vertical, parallel "lines" coming down from the u.r. corner. These are visible in raking light.

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Joseph H. Hirshhorn, Louis Michel Eilshemius, American art, Arts in the United States, Culture of Washington, D.C., Hirschhorn, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Joseph Hirshhorn, Louis Eilshemius, Stockbrokers, Washington, DC