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LOT 28

Lot 28

Alexander Colville (1920-2013)

Alexander Colville (1920-2013)
Lot 28 Details
Alexander Colville (1920-2013), Canadian


Colour silkscreen; signed, dated 1996 and numbered 35/70 in pencil to the margin
Image 14.25 x 14.25 in — 36.2 x 36.2 cm

Estimate $6,000-$8,000

Realised: $5,100
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

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Alexander Colville (1920-2013)
  • Alexander Colville (1920-2013)
  • Alexander Colville (1920-2013)

Private Collection, Calgary, AB


A partially obscured self-portrait and a cat’s apparent disregard for organization are set against mathematically spaced window panes and floor boards in Black Cat (1996), highlighting one of Colville’s favoured themes: order vs. chaos. The triangular ruler, once precisely arranged on the table top, becomes a mere play thing and breaks the ordered composition.


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LOT 28

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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