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    Sale 7633

    Old Master & British Pictures (Day Sale)

    3 December 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 210

    Jean-Marc Nattier (Paris 1685-1766)

    Portrait of a lady, thought to be Madame de Sêrent, seated, three-quarter-length, in a silver-embroidered silk dress, a fan in her right hand, a mask in her left

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    Jean-Marc Nattier (Paris 1685-1766)
    Portrait of a lady, thought to be Madame de Sêrent, seated, three-quarter-length, in a silver-embroidered silk dress, a fan in her right hand, a mask in her left
    signed and dated (strengthened) 'J.M. Nattier 1754.' (centre left)
    oil on canvas
    40¾ x 32¼ in. (103.5 x 81.9 cm.)
    in a carved and gilded Louis XV frame


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    Provenance

    Albert Lehmann, Paris; Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, 8 January 1925, lot 211.
    Mr and Mrs Edwin S. Bayer, New York, by 1927.
    Mrs Edwin S. Bayer, later Countess Sala.
    with Wildenstein, Paris, 1928.
    with French & Co., New York, by 1957.
    The Home Insurance Company; Christie's, New York, 22 May 1997, lot 76.


    Literature

    Whitney Allen, 'An Eighteenth Century French Salon', International Studio, April 1927, pp. 22-3, illustrated, as dated 1752.
    Pantheon, 7 July 1928, p. 334, illustrated.
    The New York Times, 9 January 1929, in the picture section, illustrated.
    G. Huard, 'Nattier, 1685 à 1766', in Les Peintres Français du XVIIIème siècle, ed. L. Dimier, Paris and Brussels, 1930, II, p. 124, no. 65, as Madame de Ceran [sic].
    To be included in the forthcoming catalogue raisonné of the works of Jean-Marc Nattier, to be published by the Wildenstein Institute, New York.


    Exhibited

    Paris, École des Beaux-Arts, Exposition des Portraits de femmes et d'enfants, 1897, no. 159.
    New York, Reinhardt Galleries, Loan Exhibition of Paintings of Women and Children, 23 February-16 March 1929, no. 15.
    Hartford, Connecticut, Wadsworth Atheneum, Homage to Mozart, 22 March-29 April 1956, no. 42.