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    Sale 2136

    Christie's Interiors

    9 - 10 February 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 73

    After Mathieu le Nain

    A family with a horse in a stable

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    Estimate

    After Mathieu le Nain
    A family with a horse in a stable
    oil on canvas
    28½ x 36¼ in. (72.5 x 92 cm.)


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    Pierre Rosenberg (Tout l'oeuvre peint des le Nain, Paris, 1993, pp. 89-90, no. 66C, illustrated p. 90) has noted the existence of several extant versions of this composition, and attributes the lost original to Mathieu le Nain, placing it in the early 1640s. Pierre Rosenberg tentatively identifies the original as lot 266 in a sale in Paris, 2-4 February 1813. Other versions are in the Asschere Collection, London (66A); formerly on the French art market (66B); and a variant in vertical format, apparently cropped on both sides, in the Musée Municipal, Laon (66D).

    Provenance

    Private Collection, near Nantes.


    Literature

    See website for literature.

    E.K. Waterhouse, 'A Le Nain exhibition in Paris', Burlington Magazine, LXV, no. 378, September 1934, p. 132 (as 'Louis Le Nain').
    M. Davies, 'Signed Lenains', Burlington Magazine, LXVI, no. 387, June 1935, p. 294.
    G. Isarlo, 'Les trois Le Nain et leur suite', La Renaissance, March 1938, p. 22, illustrated p. 23, fig. 33.
    J. Thuillier, Les Frères Le Nain, Paris, Grand Palais, exhibition catalogue, 1979, pp. 293-94, under no. 64, illustrated p. 294.
    Paris, Nouveau Drouot, Dessins anciens, important tableaux anciens..., 27 April 1983, p. 19, cited under entry for lot 29.
    P. Rosenberg, Tout l'oeuvre peint des le Nain, Paris, 1993, pp. 89-90, no. 66C, illustrated p. 90 (as 'an original but odiously restored' according to E. Waterhouse in Burlington Magazine, p.132).


    Exhibited

    See website for exhibition history.

    Paris, Petit Palais, Les Le Nain, June-October 1934, no. 25 (as 'Louis Le Nain').
    London, Ontario, McIntosh Memorial Gallery, 17th-18th Century French Masters, 14 February-14 March 1953 (as 'Louis Le Nain').
    Wichita, Art Museum, Three centuries of French painting, 9-23 May 1954, no. 1 (as 'Louis Le Nain').