Lot Details & Additional Photographs
The first an oil on Masonite of a young woman with balloons, signed at lower left, presented in an attractive period frame (Frame dimensions 13 3/4 x 11 1/4 in.) (light surface grime, small pinhole in upper right corner, minor chipping to frame); the second a small oil on Masonite of a young sailor holding a model ship and inscribed "Cafe de Quimper" and "Maree," signed, unframed (9 3/8 x 7 1/2 in.) (rubbing and wear to edges, light surface grime); and the third an oil on panel of a young man, signed at middle center, unframed (24 3/8 x 13 1/2 in.) (minor surface grime and some light abrasions).
Paul Lucien Dessau was a London born artist. He began his career in the arts working for a commercial art studio before opening his own design studio with his brother. He furthered his studies with classes at the Hornsey School of Art and the Central School of Art and Design.
At the outbreak of World War II, Dessau joined the Auxiliary Fire Service, which became the National Fire Service in 1941. Numerous artists joined this group, and a firemen's artist committee was formed to support the work of its members. The committee organized exhibitions throughout England, including four exhibitions at the Royal Academy.
After the war, Dessau and his wife moved to the country. He was a sought after portrait artist and received many lucrative commissions.
Paintings by Dessau are found in numerous prominent private and public collections including the London Fire Brigade Museum, the Museum of London and the Yale Center for British Art.