Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice

    Description

    Henry Salem Hubbell (American, 1870-1949)
    The Lavender Lady
    Oil on canvas
    39-1/2 x 39-1/2 inches (100.3 x 100.3 cm)

    PROVENANCE:
    John Castano Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts;
    Private collection, Princeton, Massachusetts, acquired from the above, 1965.

    Consulting curator Jay Williams writes about this work in an attribution opinion accompanying the lot: "The female figure in The Lavender Lady is typical of Hubbell's mature subject matter. In some ways the artist's subjects are like those of Richard Miller and Frederick Frieseke, with whom he is often associated. . . . Hubbell enjoyed painting the patterns of textiles and ceramics, and often triangulated his compositions using a preconceived palette (a concept he learned as a student of Whistler). Here, the blue and yellow-striped skirt is a key compositional element that draws the eye to the patterned drapery and the circular platter on the mantle. . . . After Hubbell returned to American in 1911, he earned his living as a portrait painter. His better portraits often seem like figurative genre paintings, with the same emphasis on lively color combinations and impressionist brushwork. It is possible that The Lavender Lady may actually be a version of a commissioned portrait."
    In his Foreword to the catalog of the Henry Salem Hubbell exhibition held at the McKissick Museum in 1998, renowned scholar of American impressionism William H. Gerdts calls Hubbell a "painter of exquisite imagery" and refers to the "full development and display of sensuous beauty" in his finest paintings. In October of that year, The American Art Review featured Jay Williams' ground-breaking article on Hubbell and devoted its cover to Hubbell's painting of a girl in striped pajamas sitting in her bed with an open book in her hand. .


    Condition Report*: Wax-lined canvas; craquelure; frame wear; under UV light, there appears to be inpaint along bottom edge - affecting figure's shoes; small spot at lower right edge; canvas appears to be selectively cleaned making reading this painting difficult.
    Framed Dimensions 46.25 X 46.25 Inches
    *Heritage Auctions strives to provide as much information as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Statements regarding the condition of objects are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact, and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Heritage. Some condition issues may not be noted in the condition report but are apparent in the provided photos which are considered part of the condition report. Please note that we do not de-frame lots estimated at $1,000 or less and may not be able to provide additional details for lots valued under $500. All lots are sold "AS IS" under the Terms & Conditions of Auction.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    May, 2019
    3rd Friday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 1
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 645

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    25% on the first $300,000 (minimum $49), plus 20% of any amount between $300,000 and $3,000,000, plus 12.5% of any amount over $3,000,000 per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    VIEW BENEFITS
    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
      winnings 
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Consign to the 2020 May 2 Texas Art Signature Auction - Dallas.

    Learn about consigning with us

    Thank you for the wonderful job Heritage did with promotion of this piece. So appreciative.
    Laura I.,
    Tulsa, OK
    View More Testimonials

    HA.com receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source: Similarweb.com)

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2014 November 21 Tiffany, Lalique & Art Glass Signature Auction
    2014 November 21 Tiffany, Lalique & Art Glass Signature Auction
    REALIZED $1,441,296
    2014 November 17 American Art Signature Auction
    2014 November 17 American Art Signature Auction
    REALIZED $6,712,638
    2014 November 14 American Indian Art , Pre-Columbian, & Tribal Art Signature Auction
    2014 Nov 14 American Indian Art, Pre-Columbian & Tribal Art Auction
    REALIZED $441,524
    2014 November 8 Modern & Contemporary Art Signature Auction
    2014 November 8 Modern & Contemporary Art Signature Auction
    REALIZED $5,683,719
    2014 November 6 Silver & Vertu Signature Auction
    2014 November 6 Silver & Vertu Signature Auction
    REALIZED $439,980
    2014 October 18 The Belo Collection of Texas Art Signature Auction
    2014 October 18 The Belo Collection of Texas Art Signature Auction
    REALIZED $624,835
    2014 October 16 Photographs Signature Auction
    2014 October 16 Photographs Signature Auction
    REALIZED $824,108
    2014 September 28 Nature & Science Signature Auction
    2014 September 28 Nature & Science Signature Auction
    REALIZED $1,089,341
    2014 Sept 13-14 Gentleman Collector Signature Estate Auction
    2014 Sept 13-14 Gentleman Collector Signature Estate Auction
    REALIZED $1,725,292
    2019 October 15 Illustration Art Signature Auction - Dallas
    2019 October 15 Illustration Art Signature Auction - Dallas
    REALIZED $2,702,373