Giovanni BOLDINI (Ferrara 1842 - Paris 1931)
A Parisian Antique Shop Sold
Pencil. Signed Boldini at the lower right.101 x 133 mm. (4 x 5 1/4 in.)ENQUIRE
The present sheet belonged to the English collector H. S. Reitlinger (1882-1950) and later passed into the collection of the eminent scholar Julius S. Held (1905-2002). As Christopher White has noted, Held ‘was a keen collector of drawings who made a virtue of a limited pocket by selecting either unfashionable subjects by better known artists or examples by the more obscure.’ A large number of drawings from Held’s collection are today in the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.
Henry Scipio Reitlinger, London (Lugt 2274a), his collector’s mark stamped on the versoAn unidentified collector’s mark m.j.r. / paris stamped on the versoProfessor and Mrs. Julius S. Held, Old Bennington, VT (his mark, not in Lugt, stamped on the verso).
Olivier Gabet, Un marchand entre deux Empires: Élie Fabius et le monde de l’art, Paris, 2011, illustrated p.26.