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Oil on Canvas laid on Board
19.75 x 24 ins (50.17 x 60.96 cms)
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The Valette Estate
The Perera Collection
Adolphe Valette - The Perera Collection, Salford Art Gallery in September - October 1984.
Mr & Mrs Perera, a Portsmouth based couple, were Valettes's first major collectors and during the 1970's they assembled a large collection of his works. The collection started in 1967 when Mr Mario Perera went on a business trip to Jersey and bought a small Valette landscape watercolour which Andree Valette had put on display in a department store. This initial purchase led to the Pereras building up the largest collection of Valette's in private hands. By 1983 they owned 70 Valette works, which were exhibited in Portsmouth City Art Gallery in February - March 1983. By 1984 their collection had increased to 150 works, which were exhibited at Salford Art Gallery in September - October 1984.
In 1987 and 1991 a large part of the Perera collection was sold at auctions held at Christies in London, from where they have found their way into many private collections.
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