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Lot 138: An Old Master Painting of the Raising of Lazarus
December 2, 2016
Hillsborough, NC, USALive Auction
oil on cradled panel, unsigned, unframed.
27.5 x 22.25 in.
Accompanying this painting is a photocopy of a fifteen page treatise by Walter Ephron of Ephron Gallery of New York, NY, extolling the merits of this painting as "an original work by Rembrandt." Please note that this painting is not being sold as an original work by Rembrandt.
Ephron further details that "the painting is said to have come from a French Collection into the New York Art Gallery, from where the Los Angeles Collector acquired it in 1957."
Collection of George & BÃ¶ske Antheil, Los Angeles, CA (and by descent to their niece and nephew) Born in Trenton, NJ in 1900, George Antheil was an important avant-garde composer who began his career in Europe in the 1920s. While living in Paris, counted among his friends were James Joyce, Ezra Pound, Gertrude Stein, Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, Ernest Hemingway, Eric Satie, and Igor Stravinsky. Antheil's best-known composition is Ballet MÃ©canique, which was conceived to be accompanied by the film of the same name by experimental filmmakers Fernand LÃ©ger and Dudley Murphy and with cinematography by Man Ray.
He returned to the United States in 1936, settling with his wife in Hollywood, CA where he met success as a composer for film and television.
Condition Report: Surface abrasions and loss; deteriorating varnish - poor condition.