EDWARD BURNE-JONES
(british 1833-1898)
PSYCHE
Signed with initials and dated 'EBJ 1896' lower right, gouache and gold chalk on paper, unframed
13 7/8 x 8 5/16 in. (35.2 x 21.1cm)
provenance:
Private Collection, Long Island, New York.
By descent in the family.
Private Collection, Virginia.
note:
The present work is a study of Psyche for The Wedding of Psyche a larger composition that was completed in 1896 and now resides in the collection of the Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts Belgique in Brussels.
We would like to thank Dr. Elisa Korb for her assistance in cataloguing this work.

Estimate $10,000-15,000

In fine overall condtion, the colors a bit darker and richer than they appear in the catalogue photo. The sheet is fully laid down to card. Just within the outer right edge of sheet is a vertical pencil (?) line. There is a tiny tack hole at very outer lower left corner of sheet - NOT touching the figure. The very outer upper left corner of sheet has an approx. 1/16 inch 'notch' of paper, just below which is a tiny brownish circular partial mark (from an old tack?). This circular mark is barely noticeable and thus unobtrusive. At isolated parts of the very outer edges of the sheet, and nearly only visible under magnification, there appear to be tiny affixed bits of thin (tissue-like) paper. There is a very slight approx. 1/2 inch surface scratch in background near top of sheet at upper left. Lastly, some of blue background is slightly lighter in color at/near top edge of sheet as compared to surrounding areas. The overall appearance of this work is a well-executed composition with fine colours and the slightest of condition related issues.


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Sold for $194,500 (buyer's premium included)