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Lot 80Emile Friant
French, 1863-1932
Portrait of Charles Frederick Worth, 1893
Signed E Friant and dated 93 (ll)
Oil on canvas
89 1/4 x 48 3/4 inches (226.7 x 123.8 cm)

de Marly, Diana, Worth: Father of Haute Couture, London: Elm Tree Books, 1980, pl. 101, p. 207.

The portrait was painted when Worth was age 67. Oral history attributes ownership at one time to the designer Gabrielle (Coco) Chanel, who purportedly had it in her Paris apartment.

This painting is being offered by a descendent of Charles Frederick Worth.

Sold for $53,125
Estimate $15,000-20,000

Glue relined. Scattered areas of inpainting, mostly in the background and along the edges. There is also some restoration corresponding with the lower horizontal stretcher bar. A smaller area of inpainting in his coat. Another near the top edge with corresponding patch on the reverse. A few small losses along the bottom edge.

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