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    Sale 1986

    Important Old Master Paintings Part I And Part II

    15 April 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 313

    Philibert-Louis Debucourt Paris 1755-1832 Belleville

    The Charlatan

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    Philibert-Louis Debucourt Paris 1755-1832 Belleville
    The Charlatan
    oil on panel
    6 1/8 x 8¼ in. 15.6 x 21 cm.


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    Philibert-Louis Debucourt, a French painter and printmaker, was best known for small-scale scenes of French peasant life painted in the Flemish style. He frequently made engravings after both his own and other artists' works and was elected to the Académie Royale in Paris in 1781. The Charlatan was a popular theme among eighteenth-century genre painters including Pietro Longhi and Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo; here Debucourt depicts the quack doctor in a vibrant red jacket and hat, energetically selling his faux remedies to the attentive crowd gathered before his platform.

    Provenance

    Anonymous sale; Christie's, New York, 21 May 1992, lot 5.
    with Colnaghi, New York.
    Private collection.