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Paul Gauguin Painting Is Rediscovered – WSJ

For the past 30 years, the owner of “Les Fleurs d’Été Dans un Gobelet” thought of it as a pretty little picture.

He had no idea it was a pretty little picture by a major 19th-century painter. But after some sleuthing by a Connecticut auction house, and a thumb’s up from the Parisian institute that published the definitive catalog of works by Paul Gauguin , the painting will go on the block next week as a work of that French master.

“We get in the $20,000 to $50,000 paintings with some regularity, but not the million-dollar paintings,” said Nick Thorn, president of Litchfield County Auctions, the firm handling the Gauguin sale and which handles mostly midlevel art, antiques and jewelry. He said the seller, a retired antique dealer who prefers to remain anonymous, bought the painting privately three decades ago, for “a nominal amount.”

Gauguin, a contemporary of Vincent van Gogh and Claude Monet, is best known for his colorful paintings of Tahitian life, which have sold for as much as almost $300 million. “Les Fleurs,” painted in 1885, depicts a small flower arrangement in a silvery cup perched on the seat of a wooden chair. It measures 13 by 9¾ inches. A similarly sized Gauguin flower picture sold for $346,750 in 2000, according to auction-price database Artnet.

Source: Paul Gauguin Painting Is Rediscovered – WSJ

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