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    Sale 12109

    Old Masters

    26 October 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 92

    Charles Bouillon (active Paris 1705-07)

    A trompe l’oeil of a collector's study with engravings, drawings, letters and books

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    Charles Bouillon (active Paris 1705-07)
    A trompe l’oeil of a collector's study with engravings, drawings, letters and books
    signed and dated 'Boüillon Fecit / 1707' (lower right, on the pamphlet)
    oil on canvas
    62 ¼ x 118 3/8 in. (158.2 x 300.7 cm.)


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    Originally from Flanders, Charles Bouillon probably emigrated to Paris at the beginning of the 18th century. Only three other works can be attributed to him with certainty; the first is a trompe l'oeil signed and dated 'Bouillon/Flammant, 1704', in a private collection, Paris; the second is a still life with silver objects, signed and dated 1707, in the Musée des Arts Decoratifs, in Paris; and the third is a trompe l'oeil of engravings, drawings and letters included in a sale at the Château de Groussay between 2 and 6 June 1999, lot 184.

    Among the rare objects, prints and books in Bouillon's collector's cabinet are two roundels, one of which (at left) probably depicts Seneca, the Roman stoic philosopher, and a seemingly fictitious map in the manner of late 17th and early 18th century charts of the Low Countries. Also featured are volumes of Plutarch's Lives, a series of biographies of famous Greeks and Romans; and his Moralia, an eclectic selection of essays and transcribed speeches on subjects as wide-ranging as fraternal affection and divine vengeance.

    Provenance

    Acquired by the present owner in France.


    Saleroom Notice

    Please note the following literature for this lot:
    M. Faré, Le grande siècle de la nature morte en France, Fribourg, 1974, pp. 267-9, illus.


    Pre-Lot Text

    Property from a Distinguished West Coast Collection