• Christie's Interiors - Masters auction at Christies

    Sale 5927

    Christie's Interiors - Masters & Makers

    29 September 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 570

    Philip Mercier (Berlin 1689/91-1760 London)

    The Secret: A young woman, accompanied by her duenna, with a monk

    Price Realised  

    Philip Mercier (Berlin 1689/91-1760 London)
    The Secret: A young woman, accompanied by her duenna, with a monk
    oil on canvas
    40¼ x 41¼ in. (102.3 x 104.8 cm.)


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    Angus Stirling, in the 1969 exhibition catalogue, noted that, while inscribed on the stretcher 'Ph. Mercier 1728', stylistically, this painting would appear to date to c. 1738. The subject is likely to derive from an Italian Comedy.

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    Provenance

    T. Harris, by 1930.
    Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, London, 20 July 1960, lot 218 (to Harvey).
    Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 29 June 1962, lot 154.
    Mrs E. Wolff, by 1969.


    Literature

    J. Ingamells, 'A Catalogue of the Paintings, Drawings and Etchings of Philip Mercier', in The Walpole Society, XLVI, November 1978, p.62, no. 263.


    Exhibited

    York, City Art Gallery; Kenwood, Iveagh Bequest, Philip Mercier
    1689-1760
    , 21 June-28 September 1969, no. 71 (lent by Mrs E. Wolff).