Parrish Murals sold by Alma Gilbert

These are the murals by Maxfield Parrish which have been handled and sold by Alma Gilbert during her career.

PARRISH MURALS SOLD :

Whitney East Wall 2-A and East Wall 2-B; Whitney West Wall 3-A and West Wall 3-B

Whitney South Wall 4-A and South Wall 4-B

Two of the Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney mural panels, originally mounted on the west wall of her Long Island studio, designated as west panels 3A and 3B above, were stolen in August 2002 from a Los Angeles art gallery in a daring weekend robbery. The FBI considers this theft as on of the top ten art heists in the world. The robbery is still unsolved.

The Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney North Wall Panel

The DuPont 1932 Mural


The Study for the Old King Cole Mural


Responses

  1. Greetings Ms. Gilbert:
    .
    Here is an interesting post we just found on the net:
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    Erwin Flacks, on August 8, 2014 at 1:50 AM said:
    I have the original study for the Old King Cole Mural, (St. Regis Hotel), with all certificates of authenticity and letters of origination.Am interested in selling it. Any interest?
    .
    Looks like it keeps circulating.
    .
    Hilary

  2. Alma: More about Erwin Flacks:
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    Check the link at the top and read the excerpt form the article:

    http://www.newsmax.com/PatriciaPierce/art-fake-art-paintings/2014/09/09/id/593550/

    “…Victor Weiner, executive director of the Appraisers Association of America says fakes are a growing cottage industry. One reason is, it is not a crime in the U.S. to sell phony art and antiques — if a seller claims it was unintentional.

    When swindlers are questioned, few admit they deliberately sell fakes.

    The ethics and knowledge of biographers should be questioned when their focus is on selling the work of those they authenticate. In the March 24, 1997 issue of Forbes, an article by Doris Athineos titled “The boom in fakes”, on page 200, tells how Erwin Flacks authored the book Maxfield Parrish and then sold counterfeit Parrish watercolors as authentic works. The Maxfield Parrish Family Trust rejects the watercolors as forgeries. Erwin Flacks also sold actress Whoopi Goldberg 5 fake Parrish drawings. Whoopi sued Flacks and his wife Gail.

    Prominent dealers told Goldberg the drawings were incorrect.

    Sotheby’s and Christie’s refused to auction them.

    Ironically, “After a two year court battle,” wrote Athineos, “Flacks collected in excess of $100,000”, from an insurance company as a settlement for liable and reportedly paid back Goldberg $45,000 and kept $55,000.” Those who authenticate fakes as real and then sell them should be put out of business and prosecuted, not rewarded.
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    Whoopi Goldberg observed correctly that honest dealers who fear litigation or slander often do not come forward to tell the truth. If honest dealers panic or think candor will cost them dearly in time and litigation, they often are reluctant to give forthright opinions. Those who mastermind crimes count on others to cower out. However, there are still a few brave souls who abide by the truth and state it, no matter what.

    They should be applauded and revered.

    Courts often rule on the side of the unscrupulous because judges and experts find it difficult to assess what is or is not authentic and often cannot determine if a dealer who points out forgeries is stating fact, or if a negative evaluation is given to win the trust and business of another dealer’s client.

    Those who knowingly sell forgeries seek ignorant, fervent buyers who rarely question the authenticity or legal title of what they purchase. Thomas Hoving, former director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and author of “False Impressions: The Hunt for Big-Time Art Fakes” — Simon and Schuster, called selling forgeries “the most marvelous crime . . . Lots of money to be made without penalty,” Forbes, March 24, 1997, at page 203…”

    • Hillary: The 1906 Study for the King Cole Mural that I acquired from the Vose Galleries of Boston in 1974 was an oil on burlap approximately the half size of the completed one one measuring approximately 7 ft by 15 ft. Max Jr. wrote me a detailed authentication letter and recommended I have it cleaned and restored through the restoration firm of Oliver Brothers in Boston. They did so. I had it framed in a massive pedestal wooden frame and the work is depicted on my book: Maxfield Parrish: The Masterworks page 117. Alma Gilbert


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