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    Sale 2175

    Old Masters and 19th Century Art

    4 June 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 53

    Jean Raoux (Montpellier 1677-1734 Paris)

    A vestal virgin

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    This lot is offered without a reserve

    Jean Raoux (Montpellier 1677-1734 Paris)
    A vestal virgin
    oil on canvas, with shaped corners
    89 x 56¾ in. (226 x 144 cm.)

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    The present lot is one of four apparently autograph versions of the composition known today: the first was destroyed in a fire in the nineteenth century, but is recorded as having been signed and dated 1728; the second belongs to the museum of the Château de Versailles and is signed and dated 1733; a third was offered for sale in these rooms, 26 October 2001, lot 246. The latter, like the present lot, is neither signed nor dated but of a quality and manner of handling fully in keeping with that of the master himself.

    The virgin servants of Vesta, the Roman household goddess and guardian of the hearth, were a favorite subject of Raoux; they were to be understood as (admittedly flirtatious) emblems of chastity.

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    Anonymous sale; Christie's, New York, 2 June 1988, lot 117.

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