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    THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN

    OTTO EERELMAN (Dutch, 1839-1926)
    Portrait of a Bouvier de Flandres Dog from the Le Fevre de Montigny Family, by 1907
    Watercolor, colored chalks, and gouache on paper
    17-3/4 x 13-1/2 inches (45.1 x 34.3 cm)
    Signed lower left: O. Eerelman

    PROVENANCE:
    Gillis Johannis Le Fevre de Montigny (1837-1907), Mayor of Hillegersberg (now a part of Rotterdam) from 1864 to 1869, who commissioned the portrait of his dog from the artist, and thence by descent to his great nephew;
    General Gillis Johannis Le Fevre de Montigny (born Amsterdam 1901 - died The Hague 1980), Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, The Netherlands, thence by descent to his son;
    Captain Chris Le Fevre de Montigny, Houston, Texas.

    The current owner's distinguished great-great uncle commissioned this portrait of his dog from the Dutch artist, Otto Eerelman, a specialist in dog and horse painting, who also painted portraits of humans, although today they are less prized than his remarkable animal likenesses. The present portrait of a Bouvier de Flandres is lifesize, which imparts a truly arresting quality to the image. The dog's eyes are virtually the same size as a human's.

    The painting has descended for more than a century in the Le Fevre de Montigny family of Holland. The original gilt wood frame housing this watercolor was made by the notable framemaking firm of A. J. Heydenryk, which is still in business today. At the time this painting was framed, Heydenryk had shops both in Amsterdam and The Hague, before expanding internationally.





    Condition Report*: Apart from some foxing to the sheet, largely in the background around the dog itself, the work is in very good condition. Colors are bright and fresh, little to no fading or sundarkening. The work has been examined out of the frame, which is the original frame created for the work.
    *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. Heritage does not guarantee the condition of frames and shall not be liable for any damage/scratches to frames, glass/acrylic coverings, original boxes, display accessories, or art that has slipped in frames. All lots are sold "AS IS" under the Terms & Conditions of Auction.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    May, 2011
    17th Tuesday
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