Cabinet sized portrait of a dark haired gentleman with sideburns, wearing a black jacket and white cravat with gold and sapphire pin. Illegibly signed, by lower right lapel, possibly A. Lorenz (American/Russian, b. 1808). 20th century tag at top of stretcher reads "Lindren". Unframed. 13 1/2" x 10 7/8". Circa 1830. Provenance: the estate of Martha Dodge, Hendersonville, TN; the estate of Marvin Dodge (brother to Mrs. Dodge's late husband, Robert), Palm Beach, Florida; the estate of Clarence Mack, Palm Beach, Florida. Marvin Dodge was the caretaker/companion of noted American architect Clarence Mack, and inherited several antiques (now in this auction) from him. Biography: Clarence Mack, known for designing Georgian Revival homes in Ohio's prestigious Shaker Heights and Lakewood areas, and later in Palm Beach, was born in 1888 and grew up on Cleveland's west side and in Lakewood. Mack's houses were all apparently built for speculation; he is said to have bought the property, designed each house and acted as contractor, furnished the houses with antiques purchased from his European travels, and lived in many of them before selling them. His business slowed with the advent of the Stock Market crash of 1929. He spent 5 years traveling around the world before settling in Palm Beach, Florida in 1935. He continued to design and build there until his retirement in 1962, his name becoming synonymous with the "Palm Beach Regency Style." Never married, Mack died in Palm Beach in 1982. (sources: The Lakewood Historical Society and the Encyclopedia of Cleveland History, Case Western Reserve University.) CONDITION: Relined. Blacklight reveals 3/4" area retouch to cheek, 1" and 2" areas of possible repair in background right center (near subject's ear). 3/4" spot of impact craquelure to subject's forehead.
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