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ROLPH SCARLETT (1889-1984)Canadian/American Listed Vintage Gouache Abstract

ROLPH SCARLETT (1889-1984)Canadian/American Listed Vintage Gouache Abstract

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ROLPH SCARLETT (1889-1984)Canadian/American Listed Vintage Gouache Abstract

This is a vintage original gouache painting by Canadian/American artist ROLPH SCARLETT (1889-1984). This abstract is very well executed with high level of artistic skills.

The painting itself is measuring about 23” (58 cm) by 17” (44 cm), and the frame is measuring about 31” (79 cm) by 25” (64 cm).

It is signed by the artist “SCARLETT” in the lower left corner.

ROLPH SCARLETT (1889-1984)

Rolph Scarlett was an accomplished artist, industrial designer, set designer and jeweler. Renowned for his striking abstract geometric paintings and monotypes, he applied his Modernist sensibility to a diversity of projects over his life time including creating stage designs for George Bernard Shaw's Man and Superman, designing displays and amusement rides for the 1939 New York Word's Fair as well as producing guided missile designs for the British War Office.

Born in Guelph, Canada, he moved to the United States in 1919. By the 1930s he had become one of the foremost practitioners of Geometric Abstraction in America. He was awarded a Guggenheim Foundation scholarship from the Museum of Non-Objective Painting, (now the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum) in 1938 and when the museum opened the following year he was included in the inaugural exhibition. During the 1930s and 40s the museum acquired 60 of his paintings and works on paper for their permanent collection.

His works can be found in many museums including Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, Texas; Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; Macdonald Stewart Art Centre, Guelph, Ontario; Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal, Quebec; Museum of Art, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery and Sculpture Garden, University of Nebraska, Lincoln; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York and University of Guelph, Ontario. (from

This artwork would be a very sound investment and a great addition to any collection.

Please don’t confuse our low starting bid or discounted price with the actual value of the piece.

Please note that most of the items we sell are vintage or antique, and therefore they have some imperfections due to age, wear, etc. Anything I consider significant I would mention in the description. I’m describing the items to the best of my knowledge, however please ask any verifying questions or additional photos prior to bidding.


Shipping Details

Buyer pays cost of $49.75 shipping and handling for Continental US, $36.50 in Ontario and Quebec and $39.75 the rest of Canadian provinces.
We ship worldwide, please contact for a shipping quote to your country destination.

If you are planning to reframe the painting and therefore don’t need the existing frame, please let us know, so we could un-frame the painting and see if the shipping cost can be reduced.

If purchased outside of Canada, buyer is responsible for any customs and duty fees, should they be assessed, as each country has different import/customs regulations.

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We take great care in packing the items to make sure they arrive safely, and all of our items are fully insured. We do everything possible on our part to ensure safe shipping, but we cannot be responsible for the work of the Postal Services and any loss or damage caused by them; however we will assist with insurance claim if needed.

Payment Details

Payment is expected within 7 days after the end of the auction, unless other arrangements have been made.

Canadian residents please add 5% GST or 12-15% HST where applicable.

Canadian buyers are welcome to pay in Canadian funds at ACTUAL exchange rate, so each of us would save 2,5-3,5% on bank's exchange fees. Just let us know that you wish to pay in $C and we will send you an invoice, so you could pay either via PayPal or Interac e-Transfer.

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