Sale 17AM01 | Lot 9

Attributed to Justus Da Lee and Family

Catalogue: American Paintings, Furniture & Decorative Arts

Lot Details

Lot 9
Attributed to Justus Da Lee and Family
Portraits of a Man and a Young Woman, believed to be members of the Beauregard Family, descended from the Da Lee and Minton Families of New Orleans
One (of the young woman) inscribed H M Da Lee on the verso; on the back of each is a label inscribed Miniature from the Beuregard [sic] Family, a descendant of the Da Lee and Minten families of New Orleans. (1810)
Watercolor and graphite pencil on paper, painted as ovals
3 1/8 x 3 inches and 3 5/8 x 3 inches, respectively

American folk art scholars Suzanne Rudnick Payne and Michael R. Payne, authors of the article, "To Please the Eye: Justus Da Lee and His Family," [Folk Art, vol. 29, no 4, Winter 2004/5, pp. 46-57] write that Justus Da Lee was a small watercolor portrait artist from Cambridge, NY. "While Justus was the major artist of the family, starting in the 1830s, several of his family members also painted in an extremely similar style. This artist career for the family group continued until 1848, after which Justus was described as a grocer in Buffalo, NY."

We thank the Paynes for their kind assistance in cataloguing this work.


C Property from a New Jersey Collector

Estimate: $1,200 - $1,800

Additional Notes & Condition Report

Minuscule craquelure and paint lifting in darker pigments, more notably on the man's coat. The miniature of the man is toned, with some stains, and is laid down to card. The card appears to be glued across the upper edge to the mat.

The miniature of the young woman is taped at opposing corners to the mat.
Light stains, possible foxing.


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American Paintings, Furniture & Decorative Arts

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