Stuart Davis (1892-1964) Study for Flying Carpet 5 x 7in, image; 6 1/4 x 8 1/4in, sheet (Executed in 1942.)

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Lot 5
Stuart Davis
(1892-1964)
Study for Flying Carpet 5 x 7in, image; 6 1/4 x 8 1/4in, sheet

Sold for US$ 20,000 inc. premium

American Art

24 May 2017, 10:00 EDT

New York

Stuart Davis (1892-1964)
Study for Flying Carpet
gouache, crayon, and graphite on paper
5 x 7in, image; 6 1/4 x 8 1/4in, sheet
Executed in 1942.

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    The artist.
    Estate of the above.
    with Salander-O'Reilly Galleries, New York.
    Private collection, New York, acquired from the above, 2006.

    Exhibited
    New York, Salander-O'Reilly Galleries, Selections: Stuart Davis Exhibition, October 3-25, 1986, no. 5 (as Untitled).
    Boston, Massachusetts, Beth Urdang Fine Art, Stuart Davis: The "Flying Carpet" and Related Studies Accompanied by Gouaches, Prints and Drawings of the '20s and '30s, April 28-June 2, 1990, no. 14.
    New York, Babcock Galleries, Davis, Dove, Hartley, Marin, Sheeler, May 1-July 11, 2007, no. 20.
    New York, Babcock Galleries, GIANTS: American Modernist Masters, October 14-December 17, 2010, no. 22.

    Literature
    A. Boyajian and M. Rutkowsky, Stuart Davis: A Catalogue Raisonné, vol. two, New Haven, Connecticut, 2007, p. 659, no. 1263, illustrated.

    The present work is one of three gouache studies Stuart Davis executed in preparation for the final design of the rug Flying Carpet, 1942, which was commissioned by the Museum of Modern Art, New York. The finished wool carpet, which measures 91 x 130in, was hand woven by V'Soske, Inc., and subsequently purchased by the museum in 1943.
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