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    Sale 7586

    West ~ East - The Niall Hobhouse Collection

    22 May 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 148

    French School, 18th Century

    Two costume designs for a bal masqué

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    French School, 18th Century
    Two costume designs for a bal masqué
    Inscribed (?) 'Le Grand Seigneur Robert' (1) and 'Le Maitre a danser Robert' (2)
    black chalk, pen and grey ink, grey and brown wash
    7¾ x 4½ in. (11.4 x 19.7 cm.) and 6 7/8 x 3¾ in. (17.6 x 9.5 cm.)
    Together with a German early 17th Century drawing of six designs for elaborate costumes
    6 (3)

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    Similar to costumes designed for the famous bal masqué at Versailles in 1745, on the occasion of the wedding of the Dauphin to Marie-Thérèse of Spain.
    An attribution to Paul-Ponce-Antoine Robert (1686-1733) should be considered.

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    W. Schatzki, 1969.
    L. Houthakker, his mark (not in Lugt).


    P. Fuhring, Design into Art: drawings for architecture and ornament, the Lodewijk Houthakker Collection, London, 1989, I, p. 427, no. 691, and II, p. 419, nos. 671-2


    's-Hertogenbosch and Amsterdam, De achtergrond belicht. Ontwerpen voor het theater 1580-1850, 1976, nos. 101-2.