Publications
Title: A Vase of Corn Lilies and Heliotrope
Date: 1863
Artist: Martin Johnson Heade
American, 1819–1904
Medium: oil on canvas
Dimensions:
16 3/8 x 12 3/8 in. (41.6 x 31.4 cm)
framed: 20 15/16 x 16 15/16 x 1 5/8 in. (53.2 x 43 x 4.1 cm)
Credit Line: Eliza McMillan Trust
Object Number: 68:1965
Current Location: Not On View
Signed: l.l., in black paint: M. J. Heade - 63
Provenance
Unidentified antiques shop, New Orleans, LA, USA [1]

Alonzo Nicholas Lansford, New Orleans, LA, purchased at a New Orleans antique shop

Olivo Gallery (Anthony Olivo), Providence, RI, purchased from Alonzo Nicholas Lansford

by 1964 - 1965
William Postar, Boston, MA, purchased from Olivo Gallery [2]

1965 -
Saint Louis Art Museum, purchased from William Postar [3]


Notes:
The main source for this provenance is the Heade catalogue raisonné by Theodore E. Stebbins [Stebbins, Theodore E., Jr. "The Life and Work of Martin Johnson Heade: A Critical Analysis and Catalogue Raisonné." New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2000, cat. 328].

[1] A 1966 article about the painting indicates that it was discovered in a New Orleans antiques shop by conservator and art dealer Alonzo Lansford. The unidentified antiques dealer in the French Quarter of New Orleans, where Lansford acquired the painting, was not able to confirm where the painting was acquired; however, he was able to tell him that it was from one of two painting lots that they had purchased – one came from New Orleans, the other from Natchez [Collier, Alberta. "St. Louis Museum Obtains 'Find' in French Quarter: History of Art Work Sought in New Orleans." The Times-Picayune (New Orleans, LA), Monday, March 31, 1966].

[2] According to a letter to the Museum from William Postar dated November 14, 1965, Postar purchased the painting from Anthony Olivo of Olivo Gallery, who acquired it from Alonzo Nicholas Lansford of New Orleans [SLAM document files]. The catalogue raisonné, however, indicates that the painting was on the New York art market between its time in New Orleans and Providence [Stebbins, p. 283].

[3] Bill of sale from William Postar dated July 6, 1965 [SLAM document files]. Minutes of the Administrative Board of Control and Associate Members of the Board of Control of the City Art Museum, June 24, 1965.
Exhibition History
Title: Selection '75
Date: May 1975 – December 1975
Venue: Saint Louis Art Museum
Title: The Reality of Appearance: The Trompe L'Oeil Tradition in American Painting
Date: March 21, 1970 – October 31, 1970
Venue: California Palace of the Legion of Honor, The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
Venue: National Gallery of Art
Venue: Whitney Museum of American Art
Venue: The Detroit Institute of Arts
Title: Martin Johnson Heade
Date: September 29, 1999 – August 17, 2000
Venue: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Venue: National Gallery of Art
Venue: Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Title: Reflections of Nature: Flowers in American Art
Date: March 1, 1984 – May 20, 1984
Venue: Whitney Museum of American Art
Publication History
Title: A Private View: American Paintings from the Manoogian Collection
Year Published: 1993
Title: Reflections of Nature: Flowers in American Art
Author: Ella M. Foshay
Publisher: Whitney Museum of American Art
Title: American Paintings in the St. Louis Art Museum
Periodical Title: Antiques Magazine
Edition: June
Year Published: 1975
Title: Painters of the Humble Truth: Masterpieces of American Still Life 1801-1939
Year Published: 1981
Title: The St. Louis Art Museum: Handbook of the Collections
Publisher: Saint Louis Art Museum
Title: American Paintings from the Manoogian Collection
Publisher: National Gallery of Art
Publisher: The Detroit Institute of Arts
Title: Martin Johnson Heade
Author: Theodore E. Stebbins Jr.
Author: Janet L. Comey
Publisher: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Title: Recent Acquisitions
Periodical Title: Bulletin of the City Art Museum of Saint Louis
Publisher: Saint Louis Art Museum
Title: The Life and Work of Martin Johnson Heade: A Critical Analysis and Catalogue Raisonné
Author: Theodore E. Stebbins Jr.
Title: The Reality of Appearance: The Trompe L'Oeil Tradition in American Painting
Author: Alfred Frankenstein
Publisher: University of California, Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive
Title: St. Louis Museum Obtains 'Find' in French Quarter: History of Art Work Sought in New Orleans
Periodical Title: The Times-Picayune
Author: Alberta Collier
Title: American Paintings of the Nineteenth Century
Author: Franklin Kelly
Title: A New World: Masterpieces of American Painting 1760-1910
Year Published: 1983
Title: The Life and Works of Martin Johnson Heade
Author: Theodore E. Stebbins Jr.
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