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    Sale 1961

    Old Master And 19th Century Drawings

    24 January 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 123

    JEAN-LOUIS-ERNEST MEISSONIER (LYON 1815-1891 PARIS)

    Five studies of theater costumes; and A woman weaving

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    JEAN-LOUIS-ERNEST MEISSONIER (LYON 1815-1891 PARIS)
    Five studies of theater costumes; and A woman weaving
    each signed with initials 'EM', and annotated verso by Emile Augier with the subjects
    black and red chalk, watercolor heightened with white
    7 1/8 x 4¾ in. (180 x 120 mm.) (6)


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    Executed by Meissonier in 1852 as costume designs for Diane, a play by Emile Augier (1820-1889). Almost forgotten today, Augier enjoyed immense fame during his lifetime. He was made Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur at the age of 26 and was elected to the Académie française in 1857.
    Augier, the first owner of these drawings, inscribed all of them on the verso with the name of the characters for which the costumes were made: Diane (she was played by Mademoiselle Rachel, the most famous French actress of her time), Grandin, the Marquis de Pienne, Paul de Mirmande and Parnajon.
    The sixth drawing in this lot, executed in black and red chalk only and representing a woman weaving, is also annotated by Augier: 'dessin inachevé de mon ami Meissonier'.

    Provenance

    Emile Augier, Paris.


    Literature

    M.-O. Gréard, Jean-Louis-Ernest Meissonier. Ses souvenirs - ses entretiens, Paris, 1897, pp. 96-7, 288-9 (four reproduced but described as having being made for L'Aventurière).
    C. Cain Hungerford, Meissonier, exhib. cat., Lyon, Musée des Beaux-Arts, 1993, p. 108, n. 40.


    Exhibited

    Paris, Galerie Georges Petit, Exposition Meissonier, 1893, nos. 856-61.