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    MARTIN JOHNSON HEADE (American, 1819-1904)
    Jacqueminot Roses, circa 1883-1890
    Oil on canvas
    20 x 12 inches (50.8 x 30.5 cm)
    Signed lower left: M.J. Heade
    Original period frame
    PROVENANCE:
    Private collection, Massachusetts;
    Richard York Gallery, New York;
    Private collection, New York;
    Babcock Galleries, New York;
    Private collection.

    LITERATURE:
    T. Stebbins, The Life and Work of Martin Johnson Heade, New Haven, 2000, no. 520, illus., p. 329.

    Heade painted flowers throughout his career, focusing especially on the subject during the final decade of his life when he was living in St. Augustine, Florida. Although he concentrated on southern varieties, such as Cherokee climbing roses and magnolias, jacqueminot roses remained a favorite. A visitor to his studio in 1896 remarked, "Mr. Heade, assisted by Mrs. Heade, received most cordially, surrounded by the exquisite blossoms Mr. Heade loves to paint, great Jacqueminot (sic) roses, rich and full..."1 Heade's Jacqueminot roses were regularly admired in Saint Augustine Tatler articles from the 1890s: "Then such roses! Great beautiful jacqueminots; with petals so delicately shaded as they rest by the rich plush draperies, handled as only Heade can paint them."2

    In Jacqueminot Roses, Heade plays with textures, contrasting the velvetiness of the roses and tapestry with the hardness of the wood table and crystal vase. Heade scholar Ted Stebbins points out signifiers of class in the painting: "Though tumblers appear ordinary to modern eyes, they too were upscale items popular among the middle class. Such glasses were advertised as tumbler 'half pints' by numerous firms; they are made of blown glass with diamond-shaped etching over a frosted area, with cut flat flutes below."3

    1 "The Painters," Saint Augustine Tatler 5, 3 (February 1, 1896), 5.
    2 T. E. Stebbins, Jr., The Life and Work of Martin Johnson Heade: A Critical Analysis and Catalogue Raisonné. New Haven, 2000, p. 155.
    3 Ibid., 136.




    Condition Report*: Slight frame abrasion along lower left edge; original canvas with masking varnish; in-painting along top and lower edges; otherwise very good condition.
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    Auction Dates
    November, 2009
    11th-12th Wednesday-Thursday
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