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    Sale 7632

    Old Master & British Pictures (Evening Sale)

    2 December 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 25

    Hubert Robert (Paris 1733-1808)

    Palais Italien: A capriccio of classical ruins with a staircase leading from a pool to a loggia, a temple and an obelisk beyond

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    Hubert Robert (Paris 1733-1808)
    Palais Italien: A capriccio of classical ruins with a staircase leading from a pool to a loggia, a temple and an obelisk beyond
    oil on canvas, oval
    16¼ x 13½ in. (41.3 x 34.4 cm.)


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    The present lot was once part of a series of at least four oval landscapes from 1778 by Hubert Robert that had been separated, were then briefly reunited in the collection of the couturier Jacques Doucet, then once again separated in subsequent sales. The present lot, known as Palais Italien, was paired in the Miallet collection with Drovers and their livestock before a ruined arch and obelisk, a painting signed and dated H.ROBERT./ANNO D/1778, when they were purchased by Doucet, who reunited them with two other ovals from the series. After they were sold in the Doucet sale of 1912, Drovers and their livestock was paired with Figures conversing on a ruined staircase and the two works were sold several times, eventually having been acquired by another celebrated couturier, Karl Lagerfeld. The present lot has been sold individually, and the fourth painting, Intérieur rustique, is now unlocated.

    The present painting is datable to 1778 and will be included in the forthcoming catalogue raisonné of the paintings of Hubert Robert being prepared at the Wildenstein Institute.

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    Provenance

    Miallet Collection; Drouot, Paris, 9-10 June 1902, lot 35, as one of two pendants, 'Dans l'un, une mare et un arbre ébraché devant l'escalier d'un palais á colonnade animé de différents personnages; plus loin, un temple et un obélisque. Vers le fond, des peupliers. Dans l'autre, un troupeau de boeufs et de moutons passant sous un arc de triomphe et des bergers au repos. Le second signé á droite et daté 1778', when acquired by the following
    Jacques Doucet; (+) sale, Lair-Dubriel, Paris, 6 June 1912, lot 183.
    Mme. Douine, Château de la Boissière; sale Galerie Charpentier, Paris, 11-12 April 1946, lot 29.
    Hubert de Senoch; Sotheby's, Monaco, 4-6 December 1983, lot 666.
    Karl Lagerfeld; his sale, Christie's, New York, 23 May 2000, lot 123, as a pair.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A PRIVATE COLLECTION (LOTS 25 & 44)


    Literature

    P. de Nohlac, Hubert Robert, Paris, 1910, p. 156.