Various Artists - Three Designs for Tapestries

Price Realized: $250
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gouache on pulp paper
sight (largest): 5 5/8 x 7 3/4 inches
Additional Info
all with paper label affixed to verso, one inscribed illegibly in ink, one inscribed 'Jean Burkhalter'
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Frame Information
frame dimensions (each): 13 3/4 x 17 3/4 x 5/8 inches, wood frame with glazing
From the Private Collection of Joseph Rondina
overall in very good condition, the black and yellow composition with area of imperfection to right edge, none examined out of frame
Designs dating from the era when Madame Marie Cuttoli tried, beginning in 1933, to revive the Aubusson tapestry industry in France. She was aided by such famous artists as Pablo Picasso, Jean Lurcat, Fernand Leger, and others of the Cubist school. Their designs were reproduced in this manner in limited numbers.

Selections from the Collection of

Joseph Rondina

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Joseph Rondina was born into a first-generation Florentine American family in Auburn, upstate New York. He attended Auburn schools, graduated from Manlius Military Academy, and served in World War II with the U.S. Army Occupation Forces stationed

in Berlin. 

Returning to the U.S. at the end of the war with a renewed appreciation of art and history, as well as a continental approach to decorating, he graduated from the Whitman School of Design in New York City. He opened Joseph Rondina Antiques in 1957 on East 62 Street at Madison Avenue, taking over the existing premises of Williams-Michelsen. With his instinctive eye for elegance and refinement, it was not long before his establishment was the go-to destination for European aristocracy, scions of industry, notables of the social register and café society from the U.S. and abroad.

His interests focused primarily on European 18th century decorative arts and furniture, over time developing to include Chinese, Korean, Indian, Siamese, Cambodian, Persian and Japanese, bringing a more esoteric and exotic style to the market. With his sensitivity to changes in taste, he captured the mood of the period and knew exactly what was appropriate for the time. It would bring him enormous pleasure to see his collection enjoyed by the next set of owners. The selection of furniture and objects in this catalogue tell a story of an intensely private individual and give an insight into an extraordinary life well-lived.

Don McNair 

(excerpt from The Private Collection of Joseph Rondina catalogue)

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