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Lot 360: Alexej von Jawlensky (1864-1941)

Impressionist and Modern Art (Day Sale)

by Christie's

May 3, 2006

New York, NY, USA

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Description: Dame mit Blauem Hut (Toni Kirchoff)
signed with initials 'A.J.' (lower left)
oil on board
25 3/8 x 19 3/4 in. (64.5 x 50.2 cm.)
Painted circa 1922

Notes: Property from the Estate of Jascha Brojdo (aka Georges Briard)

Georges Briard, born Jascha Brojdo, was a mid-century modern decorator and designer who expressed a passionate interest in fine art throughout his life.

Brojdo migrated to the United States in 1937 to study art, and took up residence in Oak Park, Illinois with his extended family. Ultimately, the Ukrainian-born artist-designer-decorator, equipped with an MFA from the Art Institute of Chicago, would create thousands of novel designs for objects in glass, ceramics, melamine, enamelware, metal, wood, vinyl, and plastic-lacquer, first for the M. Wille Company and later in partnership with Philip Stetson of New Jersey.

Popular throughout the 1950s, 60s and 70s, the George Briard brand was stocked at prestigious department stores such as Neiman Marcus and Bonwit Teller. Occasionally, Mr. Brojdo's own original paintings would accompany his 22 karat gold decorative accessories and household wares in exhibitions.

Georges Briard was celebrated in Leslie Pina's 1996 publication, Designed and Signed by Georges Briard, which coupled a biographical introduction with a retrospective catalogue of 284 signature Briard designs. In 2004, Jascha Brojdo was awarded the Frank S. Child Lifetime Achievement Award by The Society of Glass and Ceramic Decorators, in honor of his extraordinary contributions to the glass and ceramic decorating industry. Mr. Brojdo passed away July 30, 2005, at age 88. His artistic legacy, the Georges Briard brand and style, will undoubtedly survive him.

The following lots will be sold from the Estate of Jascha Brojdo (aka Georges Briard): 360, 392, 415 and 433 and in the Impressionist and Modern Works on Paper Sale lots 271, 278 and 282.

Toni Kirchoff, the subject of this painting, and her husband Heinrich were art collectors and among Jawlensky's circle of friends in Wiesbaden in the early 1920s.

Provenance: Galerie Otto Stangl, Munich.
Ludwig Charell, New York.
Anon. sale, Parke-Bernet Galleries, Inc., New York, 19 March 1958, lot 44.

Artist or Maker: Alexej von Jawlensky (1864-1941)

Literature: M. Jawlensky, L. Pieroni-Jawlensky and A. Jawlensky, Alexej von Jawlensky: Catalogue Raisonné of the Oil Paintings, Bonn, 1992, vol. 2, p. 346, no. 1168 (illustrated).

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