Little Electric Chair (lavender), 1964-1965
Acrylic and silkscreen ink on linen
22″ x 28″
Acquired directly from Andy Warhol, 1980
Peder Bonnier, New York
Grant Bonnier, Miami
Private Collection, Miami
This painting was originally acquired by the well-known art dealer Peder Bonnier, directly from Andy Warhol. In 1980, Peder arranged a couple of portrait commissions for Andy in Sweden. As compensation, Warhol offered to paint a portrait of Peder’s two daughters, Leah and Tora. Upon the completion of the portrait, Peder stopped by the Factory to pick it up. While he was there, he purchased Little Electric Chair (lavender).
Peder Bonnier was one of a number of Warhol owners who never got around to showing his painting to the Andy Warhol Art Authentication Board. Thus, Little Electric Chair (lavender) was never recorded in the Andy Warhol Catalog Raisonné. To put this into context, during the early years that the Warhol Board operated (the Board existed from 1995 to early 2012), the art market was emerging from a recession. Many Warhol collectors had no idea that the work would become so valuable and that authentication issues would continue to grow and loom larger — once the Board closed.