Nick Thorn, president of the Connecticut firm, first encountered the still-life of flowers in a goblet among the estate property of a Manhattan antiques dealer.
An ill-fitting gilt wood frame with labels from Sotheby’s Parke Bernet suggested it was by Paul Signac, but the presence of a faint monogram did reveal Gauguin as a possible candidate.
The matching work, Fleurs D’Eté Dans Un Gobelet, 1885, oil on canvas, 13 x 10in (33 x 25cm), was identified in the artist’s catalogue raisonné with this picture later authenticated by the Wildenstein Institute.
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