[unattributed, American school]
Orientalist figures in a doorway, ca.1925
Oil on board
7 x 5 inches
Initialed at lower right : [illegible – possibly ‘JP’?] and dated [illegible – possibly ’25’].
Excellent original unrestored condition. In original period Arts and Crafts frame with original patina.
Likely a stage set design for a play or opera, this stylized drawing of Orientalist figures in a doorway, ca.1925 are typical of American theater design of the turn-of-the-century. The bright glow around the figures on the floor also reinforces the idea that this delightful colored oil sketch is a theater study. There was a Broadway show in 1925 called Arabesque which this might connect with designed by Cleon Throckmorton [1897-1965] a painter, scenic designer and architect. The painting has close stylistic characteristics to those done by Erte.
1995 ( David Smernoff, New Haven, CT and New York, NY ) ;
before 1995 Private collection of [withheld], Cape Cod, PA ;
ca.1925 [unattributed – possibly ‘JP’], the artist .