It is obvious why such a palette appealed to Jean-Claude. He liked to paint, and so a palette like this, eccentric in its shape, would have worked on his imagination. The palettes of Van Gogh and Manet are as fascinating to look at as the paintings of De Kooning and Rauschenberg. Collecting the tools of great artists is no new thing. The Fatimid caliphs of Cairo in the 11th century made collections of the pens of great calligraphers.
Provenance: Jean-Claude Ciancimino