Letter from Joseph Duveen to Henry Clay Frick, with enclosures, 16 June 1911
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OFFICE OF H. C. FRICK RECEIVED DEC 4 1911
302 Fifth Avenue, New York, 16th June, 1911.
H. C. Frick, Esq., Pride's Crossing, Mass.
Dear Mr. Frick,
I have pleasure in enclosing you a description of the four old Chinese vases, two of which have been sent on approval to your country house, and two to your city residence.
As regards the opinion of the expert, I am very sorry it should have been given, and to my mind the assertion to the effect that these vases are not genuine is as ridiculous as a suggestion by anyone that the fine Gainsborough you lately acquired from us was painted a few years ago (pardon the reference). You have my assurance that you can dismiss the idea from your mind entirely.
These four vases are the finest we have ever possessed, and furthermore, never in my experience have I seen another set of four of these large vases; I have very often seen two pairs, probably made and painted by the same artists, but never in my travels, either in private or public collections, have I before seen a set of four. Possibly this fact may have assisted your expert in forming such an erroneous opinion, and there is no doubt whatever in my mind that a similar error has been made in respect of the pieces of porcelain which you purchased from the Warren collection.
Anyhow, if during my absence you should see your friend, and would wish the discussion thrashed out, I have pleasure in