The Napkin Ring

Georges Braque (French, 1882–1963)
The Napkin Ring, 1929

Oil and sand on canvas
15 ½ x 47 ½ inches (39.4 x 120.7 cm)
Signed and dated lower right
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Henry R. Hope, 69.56


1929–August 1939, Galerie/collection Paul Rosenberg, Paris.

August 1939, Painting shipped to Chicago for exhibition

May 1940-October 1940, Painting held by the DeYoung Museum, San Francisco, c/o Paul Rosenberg.

October 1940–July 1944, Paul Rosenberg & Co. Gallery, New York

July 1944, Purchased by Dr. and Mrs. Henry Radford Hope from Paul Rosenberg & Co. Gallery, New York

1944–1969, Collection of Dr. and Mrs. Henry Radford Hope, Bloomington, Indiana

1969, Gift to IU Art Museum from Dr. and Mrs. Henry Radford Hope


unknown date (prior to August 1939), Exhibited at Rosenberg & Helft Gallery, London

unknown date (prior to 1944), Exhibited in Melbourne and Sydney, Australia

November–December 1936, “Georges Braque,” Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels (cat. no. 49)

November 16–December 10, 1938, "Exposition Braque," Galerie Paul Rosenberg, Paris (cat. no. 10)

November 7, 1939-March 1940, "Georges Braque: Retrospective Exhibition," Arts Club of Chicago (cat. no. 13, as "Table de marbre, verre et fruits"); The Phillips Memorial Gallery, Washington, D.C. (cat. no. 30); San Francisco Museum of Art (no catalogue)

May 25-September 29, 1940, "Golden Gate International Exposition," Palace of Fine Arts, Treasure Island, San Francisco (cat. no. 619, as "Marble Table, Glass and Fruit")

October 25–November 2, 1948, "French Art," Indiana University Art Center Gallery and Auditorium Lobby, Bloomington, Indiana (checklist no. 1)

1949, “Georges Braque,” Museum of Modern Art, New York; Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio (cat. no. 59)

October 21–November 22, 1949, "The Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Radford Hope," Cincinnati Modern Art Society, Cincinnati, Ohio (cat. no. 2)

February 17-March 15, 1952, "Paintings, Sculpture, and Prints from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Henry R. Hope," Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, Ohio (checklist no. 12, as "Still Life - Fruit")

April 7–May 2, 1964, "Georges Braque 1882–1963: An American Tribute," Perls Galleries, New York. Organized by the New York Public Education Association (cat. no. 38)

1970, "The Hope Collection," Norton Gallery and School of Art, West Palm Beach, Florida

November 12–December 31, 1980, “20th Century Paintings, Sculpture, and Drawings from the Collection of Indiana University Art Museum, Bloomington,” The Arts Club of Chicago, Chicago

October 10–December 23, 1982, “The Hope Collection: Selections from the Twentieth Century,” Indiana University Art Museum, Bloomington, Indiana (cat. no.6)

January 27–March 17, 1991, “A Wonderful Discernment: Selections from the Hope Collection,” Indiana University Art Museum, Bloomington, Indiana

Catalogue Raisonné

Isarlov, George. Catalogue des oeuvres de Georges Braque. Paris: Agent Général José Corti, 1932. (no. 492)

Catalogue de l'Oeuvre de Georges Braque: Peintures 1928-1935. St.-Paul-de-Vence, France: Galerie Maeght. 1962. (p. 31)

Alternate Titles

Still Life with Pitcher and Lemon

Still Life with Lemons

Le rond de serviette

Plateau de fruits, pichet et verre (title used by Galerie Paul Rosenberg, Paris)

Table marbre, Verre et Fruits (title used by Paul Rosenberg & Co., New York)

Still Life with Fruits, Pitcher and Glass

Nature morte

Glass and Fruit, Marble Table

Glass and Fruit on Marble Table

Marble Table, Glass and Fruit

Table de marbre, verre et fruits


Documentation from the Paul Rosenberg & Co. Archive, New York and the Arts Club of Chicago papers, Newberry Library, Chicago confirm that this painting was sent to the United States for exhibition in August 1939. The painting remained in the United States for the duration of World War II, and was not subject to Nazi seizure.