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Lot 53: LOUISE NEVELSON, (AMERICAN, 1899-1988), "RAIN GARDEN CRYPTIC IX"
December 6, 2016
Philadelphia, PA, USALive Auction
"RAIN GARDEN CRYPTIC IX"
Black painted wood.
Executed circa 1970.
closed: 17 1/4 x 9 3/4 x 4 3/4 in. (43.8 x 24.8 x 12.1cm)
open: 17 1/4 x 19 1/2 x 4 3/4 in. (43.8 x 49.5 x 12.1cm)
Pace Gallery, New York, New York.
Makler Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Private Collection, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (acquired directly from the above in 1979).
With some accumulated dust and surface debris and with some areas of soft rubbing and surface abrasions present variously. On the front of the box, in the plainer element at the top left, there is a concentration of circular markings, possibly the result of previous contact with bubble wrap. In some areas there is wear to the corners and edges with paint loss where the wood shows through. Also, some wear where the wood shows through in some areas of the vertical edges of the shaped wooden elements.
When the box is open, there is some paint loss and wear in the same areas surrounding the hinges, as well as in a few areas in the interior edge of the box. There is a pace label at the bottom of the box as well as a 2 x 2 inch piece of brown paper tape and the remnants of 1/2 in. circular sticker. Overall, in good original condition.
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