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    Description

    Herbert Gurschner (German, 1901-2001)
    Mediterranean landscape
    Gouache and watercolor on paper laid on board
    16 x 11-1/4 inches (40.6 x 28.6 cm)
    Signed lower left: Gurschner

    PROVENANCE:
    Dorothy Carless, Cambria, California;
    By descent to the present owner.

    Tyrolian-born British painter Herbert Gurschner studied in Innsbruck and Munich, before he married a wealthy British woman in 1924, and moved to London. There his style underwent a modernist shift. Frequently running in aristocratic circles, he often traveled on the Zeppelin during the 1930s to the United States, where he acquired numerous portrait commissions. In 1939, he obtained British citizenship and served Britain during World War II. After the war, he worked primarily as a stage designer in London.

    The four paintings by Gurschner in the present sale come from the collection of Dorothy Carless (1916-2012), an English singer and pin-up for the British troops during the WWII. Later, she lived in California and was the musical arranger for the Edie Adams TV show in the 1960s.

    Roland Widder has confirmed the authenticity of this work.


    Condition Report*: Sheet laid on board, framed under glass. Good unfaded condition. One amusing thing is that the artist painted the sky with a paperclip holding the sheet to a backing, so that the impression of the paper clip resisting the paint that went over it is visible in the upper right corner.
    Framed Dimensions 22.75 X 18 X 1 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. 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
    June, 2019
    7th Friday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 1
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