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    Sale 5858

    Old Masters & 19th Century Works of Art

    10 July 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 194

    Sébastien Jacques Leclerc, called Leclerc des Gobelins (Paris 1734-1785)

    Figures at rest on a wooded summit, with a shepherd presenting a festooned lamb to a shepherdess; and A shepherdess and festooned lamb carried in a rustic palanquin, elegant company observing, in a wooded landscape

    Price Realised  

    Sébastien Jacques Leclerc, called Leclerc des Gobelins (Paris 1734-1785)
    Figures at rest on a wooded summit, with a shepherd presenting a festooned lamb to a shepherdess; and A shepherdess and festooned lamb carried in a rustic palanquin, elegant company observing, in a wooded landscape
    the second signed with initials and dated 'L.C. 1751.' (lower right)
    oil on canvas
    the former 18 x 21¾ in. (45.7 x 55.3 cm.); the latter 18½ x 21 3/8 in. (47 x 54.4 cm.)
    a pair (2)


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    Sold with a copy of a letter from Dr. Alastair Laing, dated 10th March 1991, attributing the paintings to Sébastien-Jacques Leclerc. Laing notes that the artist generally only signed with his initials, and that the present pictures, the latter of which is dated 1751, are precocious examples of the artist's early work. He observes that the scenes 'show two moments of rustic courtship. In the first picture the shepherd suitor is asking the garlanded shepherdess to take his wreathed lamb as a token of his acceptance of suit. In the second, she is borne aloft with the lamb in her bridal bower on the way to their wedding. It is this most pastoral and narrative chracter that distinguishes Leclerc's scenes from the fêtes galantes by Watteau that were the source of both their general inspiration and of some of their individual figures'.
    Sébastien-Jacques Leclerc was the third generation of a dynasty of artists; works by his father Sébastien Leclerc the Younger (1676-1763), can be found in the Louvre, Paris, while his grandfather, Sébastien Leclerc the Elder (1637-1714), was the leading engraver of his day.

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    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM A DISTINGUISHED PRIVATE AUSTRIAN COLLECTOR (LOT 194)