• Old Master & 19th Century Pain auction at Christies

    Sale 2282

    Old Master & 19th Century Paintings, Drawings, & Watercolors

    27 January 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 142

    Maurice Quentin De La Tour (Saint Quentin 1704-1788)

    Portrait of a gentleman, bust-length in three-quarter profile

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    Maurice Quentin De La Tour (Saint Quentin 1704-1788)
    Portrait of a gentleman, bust-length in three-quarter profile
    pastel on two joined sheets of paper
    22¼ x 18½ in. (56.5 x 47.3 cm.), oval


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    From circa 1735-40, early in the artist's career and comparable to another oval portrait from the same period (Salmon, op. cit., p. 98, no. 15). The sitter of the present lot has mistakenly been identified as the printmaker Simon-Charles Miger (1736-1820).

    Provenance

    Anonymous sale; Paris, Hôtel Drouot, 7 February 1898, lot 65.
    Anonymous sale; Paris, Hôtel Drouot, 27 March 1985, lot 7.
    Anonymous sale; Bordeaux, Hôtel des Ventes Mobilières, 20 April 1988, lot 28.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THIS LOT IS SOLD WITHOUT RESERVE


    Literature

    A. Besnard and G. Wildenstein, La Tour, la vie et l'oeuvre de l'artiste, Paris, 1928, p. 186, no. 873.
    X. Salmon, Le voleur d'âmes: Maurice Quentin de La Tour, exh. cat., Versailles, Musée national des châteaux de Versailles et de Trianon, 2004, p. 98, under no. 15, fig. 1.
    N. Jeffares, Dictionary of Pastellists before 1800, London, 2006, p. 297.