• Christies auction house James Christie logo

    Sale 1986

    Important Old Master Paintings Part I And Part II

    15 April 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 222

    Nicolas Lancret Paris 1690-1743

    Le Berger Indécis

    Price Realised  


    Nicolas Lancret Paris 1690-1743
    Le Berger Indécis
    oil on panel
    14½ x 10 5/8 in. 37 x 27 cm.

    Contact Client Service
    • info@christies.com

    • New York +1 212 636 2000

    • London +44 (0)20 7839 9060

    • Hong Kong +852 2760 1766

    • Shanghai +86 21 6355 1766

    Nicolas Lancret painted this subject on a number of occasions: other treatments include an oval in the Victoria & Albert Museum, London and a painting formerly with Frank Sabin, London. Although this is similar in composition, it is unusual in being the only version to include a dog - an attribute of the shepherd. It is also more refined in decorative details such as the shepherd's garlanded crook and the trimming on the young women's draperies. A horizontal painting of this subject, also on panel, appeared in the sale of the Comte de Vence (9 February, 1761, no. 134).

    We are grateful to Ms. Mary Tavener Holmes for confirming the attribution to Lancret on the basis of photographs (verbal communication, 18 February 2008).


    Haro collection.
    Dr. André Chéron.
    Dr. C. de Frey.
    with Galerie Tanner, Zürich.
    Private collection, Switzerland.