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    Sale 1961

    Old Master And 19th Century Drawings

    24 January 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 68

    NICOLAS ROBERT (LANGRES 1614-1685 PARIS)

    A stapelia variegata

    Price Realised  

    NICOLAS ROBERT (LANGRES 1614-1685 PARIS)
    A stapelia variegata
    numbered '33'
    black chalk, bodycolor, on vellum, border lines
    11 7/8 x 10¼ in. (300 x 260 mm.)


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    Around 1641, Nicolas Robert executed for Gaston Duc d'Orléans (1608-1660) a large number of watercolors on vellum of flowers and plants. After Gaston's death, Robert worked for King Louis XIV and was appointed Peintre ordinaire du Roi in 1666. The most important collection of Robert's drawings on vellum is at the Natural History Museum in Paris, with more than six thousand watercolors (see Nicolas Robert et les Vélins du Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris, 1980). Drawings of this type are distinctive through their gold borders (about 3-5 mm.), and the numbers in the lower right corner.
    Another vellum representing a stapelia by Robert, but this time a stapelia gettleffii was sold, Sotheby's, London, 7 July 1999, lot 150.