MATHURIN MEHEUT (French 1882-1958)
    Untitled, circa 1929
    Oil on canvas
    24 x 84 inches (61 x 129.1 cm)
    Signed lower right: M. Meheut

    Jeffrey Basinger, family descent, grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Minton;
    Mary Anne Minton, family descent, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Minton;
    Harriet and John Preston Minton

    Painter and illustrator Maturing Meheut, is well known throughout France, and in particular in Normandy and the coast as he is noted for his depictions of the sea and marine life. Sea life fascinated Meheut, as did the traditional clothing of the local, which have since disappeared. Meheut was the official artist for the French Navy for a number of years and traveled and worked extensively in Japan and Crete. He also became recognized for ceramic designs and partnered with Henriot Quimper (Kempter), a well-known French ceramic designer and producer.

    All the Meheut lots offered have a unique provenance and are accompanied by a letter of authenticity. The two sketches were gifted by the artist to Harriot and John Preston Minton in 1929, in appreciation of their friendship and patronage. Mr. Minton had a strong interest in the arts, as he was a direct descendant of Herbert Minton, who founded the Minton china/ceramic factories of Stoke-on-Trent England in 1793. Knowing of Meheut's dabbles in ceramic design; Minton became interested in Meheut's artwork purchasing a number of the artist's paintings. Meheut's have remained within the Minton family until know, their debut on the open art market.

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