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    Sale 11787

    Old Master & British Drawings

    5 July 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 47

    Charles-Joseph Natoire (Nîmes 1700-1777 Castel Gandolfo)

    A woman holding a breastplate, with a subsidiary study of her hand holding it

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    Charles-Joseph Natoire (Nîmes 1700-1777 Castel Gandolfo)
    A woman holding a breastplate, with a subsidiary study of her hand holding it
    with inscription 'Watteau' (probably over a previous inscription 'Natoire')
    red, black and white chalk, stumping on brown paper, countermark FI (?)
    16 1/8 x 10 1/8 in. (41 x 25.7 cm.)


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    A study in reverse for the maid undressing Don Quixote in Don Quixote undressed by the Duchess’ maids, a tapestry part of a series of ten on the story of Don Quixote commissioned by the financier Pierre Grimond Dufort (1692-1748) and woven by the Beauvais manufacture between 1735 and 1744 (O. Picard Sebastiani, in Don Quichotte vu par un peintre du XVIIIe siècle, exh. cat., Compiègne and Aix-en-Provence, Muse´e national du cha^teau, 1977, pp. 12-5). The tapestry cartoon for Don Quixote undressed by the Duchess’ maids which was exhibited at the 1742 Salon is now missing, but a painted study for it is now in Compiègne (S. Caviglia-Brunel, Charles-Joseph Natoire: 1700-1777, Paris, 2012, no. P. 67, ill.).

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    Provenance

    J.-P.-A. Tassaert (according to an inscription on the verso).
    B. Himmelheber (L. 4035), and by descent to the present owner.