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    Sale 1961

    Old Master And 19th Century Drawings

    24 January 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 80

    Jean-Baptiste-Joseph Pater (Valenciennes 1695-1736 Paris)

    An elegant lady and a maid holding a jug (recto), A seated woman (verso)

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    Jean-Baptiste-Joseph Pater (Valenciennes 1695-1736 Paris)
    An elegant lady and a maid holding a jug (recto), A seated woman (verso)
    with number '.67'
    red chalk (recto), red chalk counterproof (verso), irregular
    7¾ x 8 7/8 in. (196 x 225 mm.)


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    Possibly a study with differences for one of the central figures in Pater's picture Une fête galante, Le repos dans un parc, formerly in the collection of the Earl of Pembroke and now in the City Art Museum, Saint Louis. Comparable drawings of two female figures by Pater are in Rotterdam (P. Rosenberg and L.-A. Prat, Antoine Watteau, 1684-1721, Catalogue raisonné des dessins, Milan, 1996, III, no. R728) and in the Louvre (inv. no. 27546).
    The numbering on this drawing indicates that it comes from an album commonly called 'Groult' which originally contained more than 500 sheets by Pater and Watteau (see P. Rosenberg, 'L'album Groult, dit aussi album Lepeltier', in Preussen: die Kunst und das Individuum. Beitrage gewidmet Helmut Borsch-Supan, Berlin, 2003, pp. 29-39).

    Provenance

    Camille Groult; Hôtel Drouot, Paris, 19 December 1941, lot 55.
    Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, London, 4 July 1991, lot 46.


    Literature

    F. Raymond, La fortune critique de Jean-Baptiste Pater (1695-1736) et son oeuvre dessiné, Paris, 2005, fig. 165 (unpublished).


    Exhibited

    Paris, Galerie Cailleux, Le dessin français de Watteau à Prud'hon, 1951, no. 102.
    New York, The Frick Collection, Watteau and His World: French Drawing from 1700-1750, 1999, no. 73.