• Christies auction house James Christie logo

    Sale 2135

    Important Old Master Paintings and Sculpture

    28 January 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 289

    Henri Gascars Paris 1635-1701 Rome

    Portrait of a lady, seated three-quarter-length, in a white and gold gown with a blue robe, a garden beyond

    Price Realised  

    This lot is offered without a reserve

    Henri Gascars Paris 1635-1701 Rome
    Portrait of a lady, seated three-quarter-length, in a white and gold gown with a blue robe, a garden beyond
    oil on canvas, in a painted oval, unframed
    37¾ x 51 1/8 in. 95.9 x 129.9 cm.


    Contact Client Service
    • info@christies.com

    • New York +1 212 636 2000

    • London +44 (0)20 7839 9060

    • Hong Kong +852 2760 1766

    • Shanghai +86 21 6355 1766

    Contact the department

    A similar portrait of a woman, presumed to be Louise Renée de Kérouaille, Duchess of Portsmouth and one of the mistresses of Charles II of England, was formerly in the collection of William Randolph Hearst. It appeared at Sotheby's, New York, 18 June 1974, lot 126, as 'circle of Willem Wissing'.

    We are grateful to Dr. Julia Marciari-Alexander for confirming the attribution to Gascars on the basis of photographs (private communication, 23 November 2008).

    Special Notice

    This lot is offered without reserve.


    Pre-Lot Text

    NO RESERVE


    Literature

    L. Nikolenko, Pierre Mignard: The Portrait Painter of the Grand Siècle, Munich, 1982, p. 104, no. 5, as 'possibly by Henri Gascars'.


    Exhibited

    New York, Wildenstein, A loan exhibition of fashion in headdress, 1450-1943, 25 April-27 May 1943, no. 33.