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March 08, 2018 at 12:00 am ET

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LOT 27

Lot 27

Attributed to William Merritt Chase (1849-1916)

Attributed to William Merritt Chase (1849-1916)
Lot 27 Details
Attributed to William Merritt Chase (1849-1916), American


Oil on paper? on canvas, laid down to gray cardboard, cut down to a sculpted oval, the four spandrels laid down to the board verso, the lower right spandrel bears signature “W. M. Chase”
Oval 20 x 15.75 in — 50.8 x 40 cm

Estimate $600-$800

Realised: $360
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

Lot Report

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Attributed to William Merritt Chase (1849-1916)
  • Attributed to William Merritt Chase (1849-1916)
  • Attributed to William Merritt Chase (1849-1916)
  • Attributed to William Merritt Chase (1849-1916)
  • Attributed to William Merritt Chase (1849-1916)

An old unidentified printed auction label, number “4817” attached to the verso backing paper with printed text that reads:
“Oil Painting of Charles William Couldock. By W. M. Chase. Bust-portrait of Charles William Couldock, famous actor brought to America by Charlotte Cushman. Signed. - ‘W. M. Chase / 20” x 16’)”;
Ex-Collection Barrett Wendell inscribed in pen and ink to the above label;
From whom purchased by Frank E. Whitman, in Charleston, circa 1913 inscribed in the same pen and ink to the label who also inscribed further: “I had it framed in oval (and corners folded back) to make it a companion to Mrs. Fennell” (the following portrait, Lot 9, in this sale);
By descent to his daughter, Adelaide Whitman Ralsten Ebeling;
By descent to Mary Adelaide Ralsten Beecher;
By descent to her daughter, the present Private Collection, Nova Scotia, held in the family for over 100 years


For condition information please contact the specialist.

LOT 27

About Condition Ratings

  • 5 Stars: Excellent - No discernable damage, flaws or imperfections
  • 4 Stars: Very Good - Minor flaws or imperfections visible only under close inspection using specialised instruments or black light
  • 3 Stars: Good - Minor flaws visible upon inspection under standard lighting
  • 2 Stars: Fair - Exhibits flaws or damage that may draw the eye under standard lighting
  • 1 Star: Poor - Flaws or damage immediately apparent under standard lighting (examples: missing components, rips, broken glass, damaged surfaces, etc.)

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