Moored Boat Signed and dated "Milton Avery 1948" l.l., identified and described as "Signed, dated, and titled on the reverse" on an encapsulated label affixed to the frame backing. Watercolor and charcoal on paper, 22 1/2 x 30 1/2 in. (57.2 x 77.5 cm), framed. Condition: Tack holes to corners, subtle rippling, not examined out of frame.
Provenance: Mark Borghi Fine Art, New York; Christie's New York, Rockefeller Center, Important American Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, December 1, 2005, Lot 129; Private Collection; Sotheby's, New York, American Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, September 24, 2008, Lot 18; acquired by the present owners from the above. Estimate $15,000-25,000
The sheet appears to be affixed to the backing mat in the corners and the centers of each side on the reverse. The frame was not opened to confirm that the work is signed and inscribed on the reverse, because the mounting would have to be disturbed in order to see the back. The inscription on the reverse was assumed to be correctly described on the encapsulated label affixed to the frame backing. All the edges of the work are visible, and the condition appears good.
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