Sold. Boxframe. Matisse. ($200)

Sold. Silk in Boxframe — Henri Matisse’s “Interior with Egyptian Curtain”$200 (lower pac hts)


Vintage 1980’s box-framed silk scarf – historic fashion/politics art.

A limited run of 1,000 scarves were sold in 1983 to celebrate the exhibition of 40 masterpiece paintings on loan from the Phillips Collection. The Phillips Gallery House in North West Washington D.C.. building was undergoing a renovation at the time. The premire show was held at (and scarf produced by) the renowned downtown Washington D.C. department store Garfinckel’s.

The exhibition was titled “The Enchantment of Art: Highlights from the Phillips Collection” and ran from June 17th through Christmas Eve of 1983. The painting “Interior with Egyptian Curtain” is considered by some to be the most interesting piece produced by Henri Matisse, and it was the centerpiece of that exhibition. “Interior with Egyptian Curtain” was created by Matisse in 1948 and purchased personally by Duncan Phillips himself in 1950. The fourth picture in this ad shows a news clipping found on the web of the actual painting “Interior with Egyptian Curtain” on the exhibition opening night.

A portion of proceeds from sale of the 1,000 scarves was contributed by Garfinckel’s to a fund raising effort for matching a federal National Endowment for the Arts grant endowed to the Phillips Collection. Most of the scarves – rapidly purchased, according to the NY Times – are probably long gone. This may be the only one to have been privately framed.

It is expertly framed. The scarf is not mashed tight between the backing and the front glass piece (which is some sort of archival resin or plastic – is not glass), there is probably 1/4″ inch of space inside the frame to accommodate the scarf. A tension wire is attached laterally on the back of the frame, added stability for the overall size and depth of the frame.

Among the other 40 paintings in the show at Garfinckel’s were. . .
“The Riviera” (1923) by Pierre Bonnard
“Portrait of a Woman” (1865-70) by Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot
“House at Auvers” (1890) by Vincent van Gogh
“Sunday” (1926) by Edward Hopper
“After Rain” (c.1922) by Ernest Lawson
“Road to Vetheuil” (c. 1880) by Claude Monet
“Ranchos Church” (c. 1930) by Georgia O’Keeffe
“Six O’Clock” (c. 1912) by John Sloan
“Profile” (1937) by Chaim Soutine
“Abbey of St. Denis” (c. 1908) by Maurice Utrillo
“Visiting Neighbors” (c. 1903) by Julian Alden Weir

The frame containing the silk measures 36″ high, 34″ wide, and 1″ deep.

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