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    Sale 7743

    Old Masters & 19th Century Art Evening Sale

    7 July 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 51

    Nicolas Henry Jeurat de Bertry (Paris 1728-after 1796)

    Table de cuisine: Earthenware jugs and meat on a partly-draped kitchen table

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    Nicolas Henry Jeurat de Bertry (Paris 1728-after 1796)
    Table de cuisine: Earthenware jugs and meat on a partly-draped kitchen table
    oil on canvas
    37 3/8 x 54 3/8 in. (96 x 138 cm.)


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    At one time ascribed to Chardin, this still life has been recognised by Fabrice Faré as a work of the still life artist Nicolas Henry Jeaurat de Bertry. Born in Paris, the artist studied with his uncle, Etienne Jeaurat (1699-1789). Somewhat unusually, he was nominated and accepted for membership in the Académie Royale de Peinture et de Sculpture on the same day, 31 January 1756. His dipolma pieces were two still lifes, one depicting kitchen implements (Paris, École des Beaux-Arts) and the other military trophies (Château de Fontainebleau). During his long career, Jeaurat de Bertry received considerable recognition. By 1761, he was named painter to Marie Leczinska and set up residence at Versailles. After the queen's death in 1768, he returned to Paris and remained there - save for a second four-year sojourn at Versailles - for the remainder of his life. During the French Revolution, Jeaurat appears to have concentrated on portraiture, some of a veiled, satirical nature.

    A still life of similar facture and size, also entitled Table de cuisine, was recorded in M. and F. Faré, La Vie silencieuse en France: la nature morte au XVIIIe siècle, Paris and Fribourg, 1976, p. 196, fig. 295.

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    Provenance

    Siméon Del Monte, Brussels, by 1928; (+) Sotheby's, London, 24 June 1959, lot 39, as French School, 18th century.
    Mr. and Mrs. Morris I. Kaplan, Chicago; Sotheby's, London, 12 June 1968, lot 24, as attributed to J.S. Chardin.


    Saleroom Notice

    Please note that this lot will be sold without reserve.


    Literature

    G. Glück, La Collection Del Monte, Vienna, 1928, p. 26, and pl. LVII, questioning the attribution to Chardin.
    G. Wildenstein, Chardin, Paris, 1933, p. 229, no. 965, fig. 212, rejecting the attribution to Chardin.


    Exhibited

    The Hague, Kunstzaal Kleykamp, 1932, no. 57.
    Chicago, Art Institute, Treasures of Chicago Collectors, 15 April-7 May, 1961, as by Chardin.