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Manon Iessel doll house watercolor sketches

Manon Iessel doll house watercolor sketches

Item Description:

Marie Antoinette Aline Jacqueline "Manon" Iessel (French,1909-1985), 5 black ink drawings on tissue, 4 of them overlaid on watercolor paintings (3 of the watercolors on tissue, one directly on board). Approximately 12"w x 9.5"h. Labeled in French with the locality in France to which the house belongs. Tissues taped to the underlying boards, most have come loose. The four watercolors signed "M. Iessel". Iessel was a French illustrator and one of the earliest French women comics artists. She drew for "Semaine de Suzette" in the 1930s and 1950s, and in the 1960s, Huguette Clark hired her to help with designing and decorating some of her doll houses.

Condition:

Good, with discoloration from tape, some soiling, be advised that all lots in this sale will exhibit some degree of wear due to age and/or handling

Provenance:

Estate of Huguette Clark

Literature:

Huguette Marcelle Clark (1906-2011) was an heiress and philanthropist, who became well known again late in life as a recluse, living in a hospital for more than 20 years while her mansions remained empty. She was an accomplished artist and musician, having studied under famous portrait painter Tadeusz Styka, and her paintings were exhibited at the Corcoran Gallery, Washington in 1925

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