Sep 29, 2016 - Sale 2423

Sale 2423 - Lot 4

Price Realized: $ 12,500
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Estimate: $ 3,000 - $ 4,000
AUBREY BEARDSLEY.
Rose Bush. Ornamental device for Book VI, chapter VI, page 191 of "Le Morte d'Arthur," London: Dent, 1893-94. Pen and ink on paper. 82x65mm; 3 1/4x3 inches. Inlaid to size on 9 3/4x7 1/2-inch sheet with hand-drawn borders, "1/402" in pencil on verso. [1893].

Additional Details

The thorned roses in "Morte d'Arthur" represent love and passion and became Beardsley's hallmark, used frequently in his work for Salomé as well. This ornament is repeated in Book IX, chapter XV, page 393. Provenance: J. M. Dent to Erhard Weyhe Collection, Sotheby's New York 15 December 1988 to Jack and Caroline Milne. Zatlin 462.