Jacqueline Matisse Monnier and the Association Marcel Duchamp have confirmed the authenticity of this work.
Apolinère Enameled is one of an edition of eight, signed and numbered works created in 1964-5 that Marcel Duchamp had made after the ‘rectified ready-made’ of the same name, produced in 1916-17. This original ready-made work of art, now in the Philadelphia Museum of Art, was an advertisement for the popular brand of household enamel paint Sapolin. The logo for the Sapolin paint company was a metal bedstead, which, in this advertisement, was shown being painted by a little girl with various colours of its enamel paint. As Duchamp recalled in a lecture he gave in St Louis in 1964, ‘I changed the lettering in the advertisement... misspelling intentionally the name of Guillaume Apollinaire and also adding the reflection of the little girl’s hair in the mirror: I am sorry Apollinaire never saw it – he died in 1918 in France’ (Marcel Duchamp, ‘Apropos of Myself’ held on 24 November, 1964 published in Marcel Duchamp, exh, cat., New York, 1973, p. 281).