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    The Hon. Paul H. Buchanan, Jr. Collection

    HOVSEP PUSHMAN (American, 1877-1966)

    The Prince
    Oil on board
    27-1/2 x 25-1/2 inches (69.9 x 64.8 cm)
    Signed lower right on table edge: Pushman

    PROVENANCE:
    Purchased from Grand Central Art Galleries, New York, August 11, 1978.

    EXHIBITED:
    "Hovsep Pushman: Painter and Poet," Grand Central Art Galleries, New York, July - September 1978.

    LITERATURE:
    "Hovsep Pushman: Painter and Poet. Armenian-American Master of Still-Life Painting Combined Western Classicism with Eastern Harmony," in Illuminator, Winter 1978, Grand Central Art Galleries, New York, cover ill. in color; ill. black and white p. 3 as "Collection Judge Paul H. Buchanan, Jr., Indianapolis, Ind."

    With the purchase of this exceptionally fine still life by Hovsep Pushman in 1978, Paul Buchanan began his collection of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century American painting. The original bill of sale for the painting from Grand Central Art Galleries records that Judge Buchanan also purchased two limited edition lithographs by Pushman on the same occasion, entitled "Daughter of the Rain God" and "God of Eternal Spring." The purchase coincided with the run of Grand Central's ambitious Pushman exhibition during the summer of 1978.

    The appeal of Pushman for Buchanan lay in the artist's choice of Oriental still-life subjects--a fascination Buchanan himself shared. Before he began collecting American painting, he had been an enthusiastic collector of Oriental porcelain.


    More information about HOVSEP PUSHMAN, also known as Pushman, Hovsep, Pushman, Hovsep T, Pushman, Hovsep T., Hovsep Pushman.

    Condition Report*: The support is a 1/2-inch press board-like masonite which is mounted to a 5 member, mortise and tenon, half-mitre stretcher which has a canvas stretched to it. The support is in excellent condition. The artist applied a layer of gold leaf to the support and painted over it, which was a common practice of his. The extent of the gold leaf beneath the paint has not been tested. The paint was applied as a smooth fluid paste in the background, and as a stiff paste in the figure and in the porcelain vessel. There is considerable brushmarking and incising with a brush handle or stylus in the areas of these still-life elements, which is characteristic of the artist's technique. The ground-paint layers remain structurally very sound.  Under UV examination there are very few instances of restoration, apart from a couple spots in the background and possibly in the white highlights on the ceramic vessels. In 1983, Judge Buchanan had the painting assessed by the conservation department at the Indianapolis Museum of Art which developed an examination report. Chief Conservator Martin J. Radecki determined that the painting had, at that time, an even, thin layer of natural resin varnish which had not discolored considerably. Following the examination, the painting was lightly surface cleaned and coated with an 8% solution of Soluvar gloss in VM&P naphtha, and refitted into its frame with brass mending plates after the frame rabbet was cushioned with felt. This minimal treatment was carried out by the Indianapolis Museum of Art conservation department in August 1983.  
    *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.

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    June, 2009
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