Mary Cassatt

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Mary Cassatt

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Auction Date:2017 Sep 13 @ 18:00 (UTC-5 : EST/CDT)
Location:236 Commercial St., Suite 100, Boston, Massachusetts, 02109, United States
ALS - Autograph Letter Signed
ANS - Autograph Note Signed
AQS - Autograph Quotation Signed
AMQS - Autograph Musical Quotation Signed
DS - Document Signed
FDC - First Day Cover
Inscribed - “Personalized”
ISP - Inscribed Signed Photograph
LS - Letter Signed
SP - Signed Photograph
TLS - Typed Letter Signed
Extremely rare partly-printed DS, signed three times, “Mary S. Cassatt,” one page both sides, 8 x 10, February 28, 1876. Customs declaration allowing the export of a painting from Philadelphia valued at $400, filled out by Cassatt, who adds a two-line description of the painting on the reverse which reads, “a picture 100 metre by 70 centimetres representing a Musical Repetition. Mary A. Cassatt.” Document is also signed at the conclusion by the US Vice Consul General, and a manuscript customs form signed by her father, Robert Simpson Cassatt, is affixed. In very good to fine condition, with intersecting folds, missing top left corner, scattered light creasing, and possibly trimmed edges. The subject matter and dimensions of the work—accounting for Cassatt's rather charming confusion of meters and centimeters—suggest that the painting this document accompanied was 'A Musical Party' of 1874, now at the Musee Carnavalet, Paris; her father's sworn statement attached places the value of the work at $400. It was exhibited in 1874 in Paris and in Philadelphia in 1878. This dates to an especially important time in Cassatt’s life—she had recently decided to permanently settle in Paris and would meet Edgar Degas the following year, developing one of the most famous relationships of the art world. Cassatt’s autograph is scarce in any form, and this piece is enormously desirable in that it is signed three times and is directly associated with one of her paintings.