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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

An Exquisite Original Watercolor of a Pleated Iris by Pierre-Joseph Redouté

Pierre-Joseph Redouté (1759-1840)
Iris Plicata
European garden plant of unknown original
19 x 13 3/8 inches
Framed: 23 1/2 x 28 3/4 inches
Watercolor and gouache over pencil on vellum
Signed in brown ink lower left: P. J. Redouté
$475,000

Engraved for Les Liliacees (1802-1816) plate 356 

Provenance:
Acquired directly from the artist by the Empress Josephine de Beauharnais; thence by descent to Prince Eugene de Beauharnais, Duke of Leuchtenberg, Bavaria; thence by descent in the family; by whom sold, (“Sale of the Library of Eugene de Beauharnais”), Zurich, Braus-Riggenbach and Ulricho Hoepli, May 23, 1935, lot 35; Erhard Weyhe, New York; Sotheby’s New York, Pierre-Joseph Redoute’s Lilacees, November 20, 1985, lot 356; Hirschl & Adler Galleries Inc., New York, 1988


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