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The Black Sash
Giovanni Boldini -- Italian-French portrait painter
c. 1905
Private collection
Oil on canvas
210.8 by 100.3 cm. (83 by 39 1/2 in.)
signed Boldini (lower left)
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 From: Sothebys
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.



Sold by the artist directly to Baron Marice de Rothschild
Thence by descent
Sale, Christie's, New York, November 1, 1995, lot 9 (purchased by Edmond Safra for Republic National Bank)


P. Mauriès, Boldini, Italy, 1987, pp. 60-61, illustrated
B. Doria, Giovanni Boldini Catalogo generale dagli archivi Boldini, Milan, 2000, no. 439, illustrated
P. Dini, F. Dini, Boldini Catalogo ragionato, Turin 2002, vol.IV, no. 731, p. 396, illustrated
F. Panconi, Boldini L'opera completa, Florence, 2002, p. 396, illustrated


Offered 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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Created 6/28/2002