Possibly commissioned, along with the three other paintings in the set, by the banker Jean Frédéric Perregaux (1744-1808) for his Paris residence, the Hôtel Guimard, on the rue de la Chaussée d’Antin.
Prince Anatole Nicolaevich Demidoff (1812-1870), Russia, France and Tuscany; his sale, Paris, 26 Boulevard des Italiens, Collections de San Donato: Deuxième Vente: Tableaux de l’école française du dix-huitième siècle et marbres, 26 February 1870, lot 128, where acquired (according to the annotated copy of the Demidoff sale catalogue at the Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art, Paris) by
Hippolyte Charles Napoléon Mortier de Trévise, 3 Duc de Trévise (1835-1892), Paris.
Count Pavel Paviovich Demidoff, 2nd Prince of San Donato (1839-1885), Villa San Donato, Polverosa, and, subsequently, Villa Demidoff, Pratolino; his sale, Florence, Palais San Donato, 15 March-10 April 1880, lots 776-777.
William Renton; by inheritance to James Hall Renton (d. 1895), London, and Hove, Brighton, Sussex; his sale (†), Christie's, London, 30 April 1898, lots 108-109, by the following.
with Agnew's, London.
with Leger Galleries, London, by 1951.
Private collection, Europe.
Anonymous sale; Hôtel Drouot, Paris, 29 March 2013, lot 1, where acquired by the following.
T. Gautier, “Les collections du Prince Anatole Demidoff", L’Illustration, LV, no. 1407, 12 February 1870, p. 126; no. 1408, 19 February 1870, pp. 145 and 147, illustrated (woodcut, based on a drawing by Piridon; after “La nichée des amours”).
P. Leroi [Paul Gauchez], “Le Palais de San Donato et ses collections,” L’Art, XX, 1880, p. 141.
A. Girodie, Un peintre de Tetes galantes: Jean-Frédéric Schall (Strasbourg 1752-Paris 1825), Strasbourg, 1927, pp. 5, 6, 24-26; 42, note 3.
A. Girodie, “Schall, Frédéric,” in Allgemeines Lexikon der bildenden Künstler von der Antike bis zur Gegenwart, ed. by U. Thieme and F. Becker, XXIX (ed. by H. Voilmer), Leipzig, 1935, p. 572.
Monaco, Sotheby Parke Bernet, Tableaux anciens, March 5, 1984, n.p., cited under entry for lot 1083.
Around 1800: French Paintings and Drawings: 1780-1820, exhibition catalogue, Didier Aaron, New York, 1986, under no. 36.
S. Duffy, 'Eighteenth-Century French Paintings', Anatole Demidoff: Prince of San Donato (1812-70), London, 1994, p. 58.