• Cabinet d'un Amateur Européen auction at Christies

    Sale 7822

    Cabinet d'un Amateur Européen

    9 December 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 404

    Anne Vallayer-Coster (French, 1744-1818)

    Bust of Minerva, armour, muskets, a drum, a standard, a marshal's baton, a laurel wreath and badges and sashes of the orders of Saint- Louis and of the Saint-Esprit on a stone ledge.

    Estimate

    Anne Vallayer-Coster (French, 1744-1818)
    Bust of Minerva, armour, muskets, a drum, a standard, a marshal's baton, a laurel wreath and badges and sashes of the orders of Saint- Louis and of the Saint-Esprit on a stone ledge.
    signed and dated 'Mlle. Vallayer 1777'
    oil on canvas
    44 7/8 x 62½ in. (114 x 158.7 cm.)


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    Provenance

    Madame Vissitier, by whom lent to the 1777 Salon.
    Vicomte G. Chabert; sale, Paris, 5 June 1909, lot 12.
    Anonymous sale; Paris, 9 June 1923, lot 15.
    Madame Potin; sale, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, 22 April 1929, lot 25 (25,000 francs).
    Marcel Midy
    Anonymous sale; Paris, 7 March 1941, lot 15 (22,000 francs).
    Anonymous sale; Paris, 15 Dec. 1959, lot 30 (1,100,000 francs).
    with Wildenstein
    James Ling, Dallas, Texas, by whom purchased from the above in 1968.
    LTV Steel Corporation, Dallas, Texas.
    Mr. Rege Gold, DuBois, Pennsylvania.
    Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 9 July 1993, lot 45, where acquired by the present owner.


    Saleroom Notice

    Please note the following provenance for this lot:

    Madame Vissitier, by whom lent to the 1777 Salon.
    Vicomte G. Chabert; sale, Paris, 5 June 1909, lot 12.
    Anonymous sale; Paris, 9 June 1923, lot 15.
    Madame Potin; sale, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, 22 April 1929, lot 25 (25,000 francs).
    Marcel Midy
    Anonymous sale; Paris, 7 March 1941, lot 15 (22,000 francs).
    Anonymous sale; Paris, 15 Dec. 1959, lot 30 (1,100,000 francs).
    with Wildenstein
    James Ling, Dallas, Texas, by whom purchased from the above in 1968.
    LTV Steel Corporation, Dallas, Texas.
    Mr. Rege Gold, DuBois, Pennsylvania.
    Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 9 July 1993, lot 45, where acquired by the present owner.


    Literature

    Lettres pittoresques à l'occasion des tableaux exposés au Salon en 1777, chez Gueffier, Paris, 1777, 7th letter.
    L. Bachaumont, Mémoires secrets pour servir à l'histoire de la République des Lettres en France depuis 1762 jusqu'à nos jours, London, 1777-89.
    Emile Dacier, Catalogue de ventes et livrets de Salons illustrs par Gabriel de Saint-Aubin, Paris 1909-1921, IV, pp. 20-21 (illustrated)
    Jean Seznec, Jean Adhemar a.o., Denis Diderot. Les Salons, Paris, 1967, IV, Salons de 1769, 1771, 1775, 1781, p. 201.
    M. Faré, La Nature Morte en France. Son histoire et son évolution du XVIIe au XX siècle, Geneva, 1962, I, p.222, and II, pl. 426.
    M. Roland Michel, Anne Vallayer Coster, Paris, 1970, pp. 187-8, no.264.
    M. and F. Faré, La Vie Silencieuse en France. La nature morte au XVIIIe siècle, Fribourg and Paris, 1976, p. 223 and p. 229, pl. 356.
    Claus Grimm, Natures Mortes italiennes, espagnoles et francaises' 1996, p. 79 (illustrated)
    Eik Kahng, Marianne Roland Michel, Anne Vallayer-Coster: Painter to the Court of Marie-Antoinette, Dallas Museum of Art, 2002, p. 203, cat. no. 44.


    Exhibited

    Paris, Salon, 1777, no.101
    Paris, Galerie Heim, Hommage à Chardin, 6 June-10 July 1959, no.84 and pl.38
    Los Angeles, County Museum of Art, Women Artists 1550-1950, no. 54.