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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

A Lovely Original Watercolor of a Stalk of Italian Bluebell by Pierre-Joseph Redouté

Pierre-Joseph Redouté (1759-1840)
Scilla Campanulata
Found in South west Europe (NW Italy, SE France, SW Portugal)
18 3/4 x 14 3/8 inches
Framed: 24 1/4 x 29 inches
Watercolor and gouache over pencil on vellum

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; Sotheby’s New York, Pierre-Joseph Redoute’s Lilacees, November 20, 1985, lot 435; Hirschl & Adler Galleries Inc., New York, 1988

Engraved for Les Liliacees (1802-1816) plate 435

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