Apr 22, 2021 - Sale 2565

Sale 2565 - Lot 102

Price Realized: $ 1,000
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 1,000 - $ 1,500
Untitled (The Eldorado, Daddy Grace)

Tempera on board, circa 1953. 508x406 mm; 20x16 inches. Signed in tempera, lower left.

Provenance: Celia Bowers Antiques, Ithaca, NY, inscribed "North Carolina folk art" in ink on a label on the frame back; the Ness Oleson Trust. The late Frannie Ness and Gary Oleson were the proprietors of Waiting for Godot Books of Hadley, MA, which specialized in rare American and English books, including African American literature.

Bishop Charles M. "Daddy" Grace (1881–1960), the founder of the United House of Prayer church, bought the iconic New York apartment building the Eldorado at 300 Central Park West in 1953. The controversial leader of the United House of Prayer was famous for his flamboyant and extravagant personal lifestyle - while building tremendous wealth for his church through commercial business investments and real estate holdings.