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    Sale 1986

    Important Old Master Paintings Part I And Part II

    15 April 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 64

    Pierre Subleyras Saint-Gilles-du-Gard 1699-1749 Rome

    The Triumph of Harlequin and Columbine: a design for a fan

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    Pierre Subleyras Saint-Gilles-du-Gard 1699-1749 Rome
    The Triumph of Harlequin and Columbine: a design for a fan
    oil on canvas
    10¼ x 20½ in. 26 x 52.1 cm.


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    Pierre Subleyras, a French eighteenth-century painter who spent much of his career in Italy, was known primarily for his portraits and religious compositions. The present work is neither, though it draws on elements from his various ecclesiastical commissions, particularly the decorative works which often feature figures arranged in a frieze-like pattern inspired by Poussin. Judging by the shape, Subleyras intended this lively sketch as a pattern for a fan, with added spandrels transforming it into an architectural fantasy. The narrative of Harlequin and Columbine was a popular theatrical piece, and here the lovers are represented in a triumphant chariot before an elaborate architectural backdrop.

    Provenance

    Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 2 November 2001, lot 101, as 'Attributed to Maria Felice Subleyras-Tibaldi'.