181| Henry Lawrence Faulkner (American, 1924-1981)

Clay House

Auction Expired

Signed, dated 71′ en verso with sticker reading ‘The Henry Clay House’

Oil on board, 24.5" x 30.5"

$20000. - $30000.

Provenance: The Maxwell Street Art Shop, Lexington, KY

Depicting the home of longtime Lexington car dealer Charlie Sturgill in The Colony neighborhood, Faulkner painted this work, anticipating an easy sell. In an attempt to appeal to Sturgill?s antique-collector side, Faulkner added a clock to the scene. When Sturgill did not purchase the painting, the enterprising Faulkner scrawled ?Clay House? on the backing board and sent the work to Cincinnati in hopes the locals there would recognize Clay as an important Kentucky name and be none the wiser as to which house it depicted. To increase the salability of the piece, a dealer added a tag noting the work as ?Ashland, the Henry Clay Estate,? betting the people of Cincinnati would not know what the real home of the famous statesman looked like. Faulkner?s inscription and the dealer?s tag remain on the back of the work.

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