Regular readers will remember the fake miniature of Abelard (shown above) about which I posted a year ago , and mentioned again in February this year.
It was given to Detroit in March 1925:
|"Given by Mrs. John S. Newberry (23 March 1925)."|
I can now take the provenance back a little further.
Two and a half months further, to be precise.
The miniature was lot 593 in the sale, in the middle of January 1925, of "the collection made by the well-known European connoisseur, Georges Spetz, contained in his private museum in Alsace, France for the past seventy-five years":
"593 - ABELARDIlluminated miniature on vellum: Height 6¼ inches; width 4 inchesThe Philosophic Abelard is seated on a green mound ..."
I know very little about Georges Spetz (1844-1914), but there is a brief French Wikipedia page about him, with a photo of the man surrounded by part of his collection:
I made the link between the Abelard cutting and Spetz because I noticed that it is described on one of the stock cards of the Brummer Gallery, NYC (discussed in a series of blogposts starting here):
"Illuminated miniature on vellum representing: The Philosophic Abelard is seated on a green mound..."
"Bought at Georges Spetz Sale, American Art Galleries, January 16 1925".