Mantelpiece

French
about 1928
Jacques Lipchitz (French (born in Lithuania), 1891–1973)


Object Place: Europe, France

Dimensions

Overall: 46.5 x 150.5 x 32.7 cm, 544 kg (18 5/16 x 59 1/4 x 12 7/8 in., 1199.31 lb.)

Accession Number

1986.4

Medium or Technique

Limestone

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Sculpture

A large rectangular block of limestone forming the lintel of a mantelpiece. Carved in bas-relief with two stylized dogs barking at two stylized birds at center. See also 1986.5-6, a pair of andirons.

Provenance

1928, commissioned by Jacques Doucet (b.1853 – d.1929) for the Cabinet de l'Orient, in his residence in Neuilly, France; 1929, at Doucet's death, presumably by inheritance to his wife, Jeanne Roger Doucet, Neuilly. Acquired from a private collection by Brame et Lorenceau, Paris [see note 1]; 1986, sold by Brame et Lorenceau to the MFA [see note 1]. (Accession Date: January 22, 1986)

Notes:
[1] According to information provided by Brame et Lorenceau to the MFA (December 6, 2002).

Credit Line

Samuel Putnam Avery Fund, Gift of William Sturgis Bigelow, Frederick Brown Fund, Bequest of Mrs. Arthur Croft—The Gardner Brewer Collection, Otis Norcross Fund, Gift of Mrs. Winthrop Sargent, Bequest of G. B. Upton, and Theodora Wilbour Fund in Memory of Zoë Wilbour, by exchange, and Gift of Charlotte F. and Irving W. Rabb

Copyright

© Estate of Jacques Lipchitz, courtesy, Marlborough Gallery, New York.