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Spanning the entire history of Wedgwood production from Wedgwood & Bentley to the 21st century—and complemented by fine examples from various modern and contemporary ceramic artists—the Rubins' impressive and important collection will be presented across multiple sales. The first single-owner auction of Wedgwood will be held on February 15, and additional property will be offered as single-owner sections in departmental sales throughout Freeman’s Winter/Spring 2023 auction season.
Freeman’s February 14 auction is led by William Bouguereau’s 1895 La Fleur Préférée (Lot 58), a striking life-size portrait of a farm girl. The painting was executed at the height of Bouguereau’s career and boasts an extensive provenance, having originally been bought directly from the artist. The sale also features Deux Mères de Famille (Lot 59), a rediscovered canvas by Bouguereau’s longtime student and wife Elizabeth Jane Gardner. Gardner Bouguereau was one of the most famous and successful American artists in Paris at the end of the 19th century. Dubbed an honorary French woman through her marriage to William Bouguereau, she was one of the first expatriates to be exposed to the male-dominated Parisian art market, which she learned to infiltrate and eventually master throughout her impressive fifty-eight-year career in the French capital city.
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