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Emil Carlsen : Still life with teapot and onion, ca.1888.

January 1, 1888
Emil Carlsen : Still life with teapot and onion, 1888.



ECA record control number: 1277

Archives of American Art #: [none]

Record level: Item

Record type: Movable work

Work title: Still life with teapot and onion  [from online exhibition catalog]

Alternate work titles:
2020 : Still life with teapot and onion  [from online exhibition catalog] ;
2017 : Still life with teapot and onion  [name adjusted by ECA] ; 
1992 : Still life : teapot and onion  [from online exhibition catalog] ;
1888 : [unknown – possibly Still-life] ;

Work date: ca. 1888  [date written on front of lower right canvas but only seen through altering color hue lighting]

Work creator: Emil Carlsen [1848-1932]

Work medium: Oil on canvas
Work dimensions: 20 x 24 inches

Inscribed / signed front:
Location: At upper left.
Dated: No.
Text: ‘Emil. Carlsen.‘.

Verso: [none]

ECA category: Still life
ECA sub-category: Kitchen

Archives of American Art subjects:
Still Life
Still Life — Other
Still Life — Other — Teapot
Still Life — Vegetable
Still Life — Vegetable — Onion

Description of work:

Provenance / ownership:
2020 [tba] ;
2020 ( Christie’s [1766- ], Rockefeller Center, 20 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10020 ) ;
1992 Private collection of Kathryn Evelyn “Lynn” Deering [1947-] and Anthony “Tony” William Deering [1945-2017], Baltimore, MD ;
1992 (  Christie’s [1766- ], Rockefeller Center, 20 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10020 ) ;
ca.1978-1987 Private collection of [unknown], New Haven, CT ;
ca.1982 ( Vance Jordan Fine Art [1987-2003], 958 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10021 | Jordan-Volpe Gallery [c.1978-1987], 457 West Broadway, New York, NY ) ;
after ca.1888 Private collection of [unknown] ;
ca.1888 Emil Carlsen [1848-1932], the artist .

Exhibition history:
2020 Christie’s [1766- ], New York, NY, “Sale #18432”, October 28.
1992 Christie’s [1766- ], New York, NY, “sale”, December 4.

References / citations:
Christie’s [1766- ], New York, NY, online catalog, “Sale #18432”, October 28, 2020, lot #136, illustrated : color.
Christie’s [1766- ], New York, NY, printed catalog, “sale”, December 4, 1992, lot #236.
Antiques, April, 1982, page 776, illustrated.

Related works:

ECA notes:
– Sent original images and information from Caroline Seabolt at Christies’ via email October 13, 2020.
– Emil Carlsen traveled to San Francisco, CA, by April, 1887, becoming the director of the San Francisco Art Association School. He held the position for a short time, unhappy with the politics and lack of personal painting time, resigning in October, 1888. Carlsen returned to New York, NY, for a single year to teach at Gotham Art Students School, before heading back to San Francisco in late 1889 or early 1890. While back in San Francisco, Emil took on a private interior decorative commission for wealthy homeowner, William Henry Crocker (1861-1937). He supplemented his income teaching at the Art Students’ League of San Francisco. Carlsen shared a studio across the street from the school with fellow artist Arthur Mathews (1860-1945). In addition, Carlsen kept a studio in the seaside town of Sausalito, CA. In Sausalito, Carlsen would explore with a lighter colored background of tan and red-orange-yellow-tan in contrast to the extremely dark Boston School-style paintings he had previously produced. Still life with teapot and onion appears to have ‘1888’ written in pencil on the front (covered with oil paint) and would predate the light backgrounds in Sausalito by a year and may hint at what was to come. Carlsen wrote notes in pencil over many of the areas of his paintings, knowing that they would likely not show once paint was applied.

Price history:
2020 – [tba] ;
1992 – $8,800 USD  [auction] ;
1888 – [unknown] ;


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The author of this artwork died more than 70 years ago. According to U.S. Copyright Law, copyright expires 70 years after the author’s death. In other countries, legislation may differ.

Record birth date:
June 4, 2017

Last updated:
Last updated: October 13, 2020 at 18:43 pm


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