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    JOSEPH CHRISTIAN LEYENDECKER (American, 1874-1951)
    Lovebirds, The House of Kuppenheimer Style Book advertising diptych, Fall/Winter 1918-1919
    Oil on canvas
    28 x 21 in. (each)
    Not signed

    EXHIBITED:
    Commercial Art Exhibition, Art Institute of Chicago, September 23 - October 24, 1920.

    Leyendecker's advertising artwork for Kuppenheimer represents the master's most iconic imagery as well as some of his most richly painted and detailed compositions. His diptychs for the company stand at the very peak of his oeuvre, and this stellar, boldly designed image of a young couple immediately resonates with charm and sweetness. Leyendecker is justifiably renowned for his definitive images of men's fashion that embody a cultural moment--in full evidence here. But through the clever compositional device of a string of yarn spanning the canvases, the artist also links the dashing young soldier to one of the most fully fleshed out and individualized women he ever painted, gorgeous and full of personality.

    The stunning painting has an impeccable provenance and is the definition of fresh to market, remaining in the collection of a single family since the 1920s and never before offered by a gallery or at auction. It is one of the most important illustration masterpieces Heritage has had the pleasure to offer.




    Condition Report*: Residual passages of unevenly aged paint and varnish in background, containing remnants of varied discoloration within layers, as visible in scan. Approximately ¼ inch professionally repaired puncture in lower right border area of right painting; assorted areas of minor inpainting in background and extreme edges in both pieces. Scattered pin-holes along stretcher edges in both pieces; very minor craquelure visible in men's suit and both figure's white background areas.  Remnants of small numbered paper exhibition labels on the lower right corner of each panel. Very good condition. Each framed to an overall size of 31.25 x 24 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, 2011
    4th-6th Wednesday-Friday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 9
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