210.8 by 100.3 cm. (83 by 39 1/2 in.)
signed Boldini (lower left)
The sitter for The Black Sash is unknown (datable from costume details to 1905); at the time of the painting's sale from the Baron de Rothschild's collection, Madame Paulette Howard-Johnston (the daughter of Paul Helleu, a contemporary painter and friend of Boldini's) suggested the red-headed beauty might be a Mrs. Law, an American socialite who also posed for Helleu.
for sale at Sotheby's New York, 26 Oct 04, Sale N08019, lot 126,
estimated 200,000—500,000 USD
By: Natasha Wallace
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