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    THE COLLECTION OF PAUL GREGORY AND JANET GAYNOR

    QUEEN FARIDA OF EGYPT (BORN SAFINAZ ZULFICAR) (Egyptian, 1921-1988)
    Abstraction, circa 1950
    Oil on metal plate
    4-3/4 x 6 inches (12.1 x 15.2 cm)
    Signed at lower left

    This painting was a gift to Janet Gaynor from Queen Farida, the first wife of King Farouk of Egypt. She painted it on a visit to Janet and Adrian's ranch at Desert Hot Springs around 1950. Janet was busy painting one day, and Queen Farida was inspired by Janet to take up her brushes and paint alongside her, albeit in an entirely different style. Paul always admired this interesting abstraction and usually had it displayed on a wall at home.

    Queen Farida was born at a time in which motherhood was the only priority of an Egyptian woman. However, due to rising influence of the west, the role of the first lady became less restricted during her lifetime. She was thus able to receive an honorary title which brought with it duties of attending charities, fundraisers, commemorations and receiving foreign dignitaries. Queen Farida accepted the chair of the Red Crescent Society and was also honorary president of the Feminist Union and the New Woman Alliance. She was also patron of the Egyptian Girl Guide Company which had an important role in community affairs. An artist, she had exhibitions both in Europe and in the United States.


    Condition Report*: Very good original condition. Framed dimensions approximately 5.5 x 7.5 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.

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    Auction Dates
    March, 2011
    20th Sunday
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