Winning Bid: $225,000
Thomas Hart Benton-1:
SEA PHANTASY I, circa 1925-26
oil on tin mounted to panel, framed, signed with initials
Provenance: Albert Briggs, Long Island, New York, (special commission)
Salander-O’Reilly Galleries (SORK 1181.1)
David Ramus Fine Art (BENT93.076)
Christie’s-New York (2 Dec. 1988 American Painting Sale, Lot 320)
Private collection, Atlanta
Private sale to present owner
Literature: Surovek. Thomas Hart Benton: Mechanics of Form, 2019. pp.66-7
Condition: Old inpainting and retouch visible to the naked eye, as well as under UV light examination. Paint flaking and lifting in sections. Some/most of the retouching seems to be overdone. The piece needs attention and a good cleaning.
*** Notice to bidders: The absence of a condition report does not imply that an object is free of defects or restoration. Condition reports are prepared by request on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. For more information please read paragraph #9 of Terms and Condition of Sale.