Lot 33. La Maison Grise

Maurice de Vlaminck
(1876 – 1958)

oil on canvas
65 x 81 cm
signed and dated lower left: “Vlaminck 1914”
verso old labels, registration and exhibition stamps of the National Gallery in Prague and the French customs office. Verso also other old labels:
– Galerie Simon, 29 Rue d´Astorg, Paris
– Umelecka beseda 1934
– National Gallery in Prague, registration number O 9259
– National Gallery in Prague, exhibition „French Art of the 19th and 20th Century in Belgrade, 1971
– Galerie Nationale de Prague, exhibition Sofia,1978

– Gallery Simon, 29 Rue d´Astorg, Paris, no. 7688
– Dr Vaclav Nebesky collection
– purchased in the 1930s by lawyer and collector JUDr. Frantisek Cerovsky, Kralovska trida 25, Prague X. for the price of 10,000 Czechoslovak crowns (verso old stamps “„Dra. Cerovsky Collection Prague“)
– confiscated by the Czechoslovak state at the turn of the 1950s and 1960s and included in the collections of the National Gallery in Prague (registration number  NG Praha O 9259)
– in 1992 restituted by the heirs of Dr Frantisek Cerovsky as part of the so-called out-of-court rehabilitation
– the painting was included in the auction by the family of Dr Frantisek Cerovsky

– Life 1934 (XII. year, page 53)
– Catalogue to the 1945 Pos Exhibition
– Cultural Politics 31/12/1945
– F. Dvorak Maler Unseres Jahrhunderts – Pariser Schule , published by Artia 1959, reproduced full-page under no. 45

– The Czech artists‘ forum (Alsova sin from 16 December 1933 to 12 Januar y 1934, under cat. number 21)
– Pos Gallery, Modern Western Art no. cat. 39 (November 1945)
– Exhibition French Art of the 19th and 20th Century from the Collections of the National Gallery in Prague“, Belgrade (1971)
– Exhibition of Art from the National Gallery in Prague, Sofia (1978)

Consulted with Dr Irena Zantovska Murra y HonFRIBA, Professor Jaromir Zemina, Dr Jiri Machalicky and Vladimir Lekes.


The painting La Maison Grise comes from the most important collection (together with the collection of Dr Vincenc Kramar) of pre-war Czechoslovakia. Works by Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, Raoul Dufy, Toyen and many other greats of world painting were represented in this collection.

Starting/Selling price
4.200.000 Kč
168 000 EUR
5.000.000 – 10.000.000 Kč
200 000 – 400 000 EUR
Price realized
5.400.000 Kč