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    Old Master and 19th Century Drawings

    29 January 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 46

    Jean-Antoine Watteau (Valenciennes 1684-1721)

    A young woman in a polonais costume, seated and turned to the left

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    Jean-Antoine Watteau (Valenciennes 1684-1721)
    A young woman in a polonais costume, seated and turned to the left
    red chalk
    5 x 3¼ in. (127 x 83 mm.)


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    Rosenberg and Prat date the drawing to circa 1709-10 and suggest that a counterproof might have been taken from it. The figure is similar to one in a painting by Watteau, La polonaise, apparently lost but known through an engraving from the Recueil Jullienne. Four other drawings depicting women in 'polonais' costumes, all dating circa 1709-10, are known (Rosenberg and Prat, op. cit., nos. 27, 28, 44 and 76).

    Provenance

    C. Groult; by descent to his son
    Jean Groult; Paris, Hôtel Drouot, 20 November 1941, part of lot 18 (as attributed to Quillard).
    With Galerie Cailleux, Paris (their stamp lower right).
    Private collection, Geneva.


    Pre-Lot Text

    Property from the Estate of Jasmin S. Trembley


    Literature

    E. de Goncourt, Catalogue raisonné de l'oeuvre peint, dessiné et gravé d'Antoine Watteau, Paris, 1875, under no. 375.
    K.T. Parker and J. Mathey, Antoine Watteau: catalogue complet de son oeuvre dessiné, Paris, 1957, I, no. 179.
    M.M. Grasselli, 'Eighteen drawings by Antoine Watteau. A chronological study', Master Drawings, XXXI, 2, 1993, p. 111, under no. 6.
    P. Rosenberg and L.-A. Prat, Antoine Watteau, 1684-1721: catalogue raisonné des dessins, Milan, 1996, I, no. 29.