A sign nailed to the wall of this café scene advertises rosé wine for “30 c[entimes]” a glass. By stenciling the missing “É” to the far left of “ROS,” Braque transformed “rosé” into “eros” (erotic love), a wry allusion to how wine and romantic dalliance often go hand-in-hand. Key to Braque’s Still Life with Dice is the trompe-l’oeil nail at top center, which along with its shadow creates and defines a depth of field that challenges the resolute flatness of other areas, such as the stenciled letters and numbers.
Inscription: Signed (verso, lower right): G Braque
Marking: watermark: CATEL & FARCY with countermark of CF and caduceus in crest
[Galerie Kahnweiler, Paris, 1912–14; inv. no. 879; sequestered Kahnweiler stock, December 12, 1914–23; fourth Kahnweiler sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, May 7, 1923, no. 51, sold for Fr 280, to an unidentified bidder along with nine other works]; André Lhote, Paris (1923–55; sold in 1955 to Marlborough); [Marlborough Fine Art Ltd., London, 1955; sold on October 10, 1955 to Cooper]; Douglas Cooper, Château de Castille, Argilliers, France (1955–d.1984; estate no. DC 52/51; his bequest to McCarty Cooper); his partner and adopted son, William McCarty Cooper, London (1984–89; to Churchglade Ltd. (William McCarty Cooper), Switzerland; sold in February 1989 to Lauder); Leonard A. Lauder, New York (from 1989–2013; transferred on April 8, 2013 to the Leonard A. Lauder Cubist Trust); The Leonard A. Lauder Cubist Trust, New York (2013–16; gift to MMA)
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