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    Important European Furniture, Works of Art, Ceramics, Carpets, And Glass

    20 May 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 303

    TWO GROUPS OF FRAMED WATERCOLORS

    BY CHRISTOPH LUDWIG AGRICOLA (1667-1719) AND OTHERS, LATE 17TH EARLY 18TH CENTURY, PROBABLY RE-FRAMED IN THE LATE 19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    TWO GROUPS OF FRAMED WATERCOLORS
    BY CHRISTOPH LUDWIG AGRICOLA (1667-1719) AND OTHERS, LATE 17TH EARLY 18TH CENTURY, PROBABLY RE-FRAMED IN THE LATE 19TH CENTURY
    Each now set within a black-painted and giltwood framework forming larger frames, the larger one including two watercolors of birds in branches by Christoph Ludwig Agricola and fourteen associated watercolors of flowers, fruits and insects, the two thinner watercolors by a different hand and probably later, all framing two central associated Chinese paintings of pheasants; the smaller one including four watercolors of birds in branches by Christoph Ludwig Agricola and eight associated watercolors of flowers and insects, the two thinner watercolors by a different hand and probably later, all framing an associated central Chinese painting of birds in flowering branches, the larger one inscribed in red chalk 'F27 1469 BNLLL' and each with a paper label inscribed in graphite 'Patton' and one with further ink inscriptions on the paper label
    20 in. (127 cm.) high x 59 in. (150 cm.) wide and 50 in. (127 cm.) high x 39½ in. (100 cm.) wide (2)


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    A group of ten drawings by Christoph Ludwig Agricola, clearly from the same series as those included here, were sold Christie's London, 14 December 2000, lot 56.

    Agricola (1667-1719) was a German landscape painter, who was both born and died in Regensburg. He spent a great part of his life in travel, visiting England, the Netherlands and France, and residing for a considerable period at Naples. His numerous landscapes, chiefly cabinet pictures, are remarkable for fidelity to nature, and especially for showing nuanced depictions of light. His pictures can be found in the collections of Dresden, Braunschweig, Vienna, Florence and Naples.

    Baron Erik Magnus de Staël von Holstein (1749 in Loddby, Sweden-1802 in Poligny) was Chamberlain to Her Majesty Queen Sophia Magdalena of Sweden and, in 1783, he was appointed chargé d'affaires to the Court of France, and in 1785 he was named Ambassador to France. On 21 January 1786 he married the daughter of the French Minister of Finance Jacques Necker, Mademoiselle Anne Louise Germaine Necker, who was to achieve fame as the 'Madame de Staël'.

    The present lot can be identified as from the 'BOUDOIR DU PREMIER ETAGE' from a house in Issy purchased by the Baron de Staël from a Mlle. Delatude-Clairon in 1796, along with the entire contents: '...Il est meublé par quatre vingt tableaux sous verre encardrés dans des voliges et représentant des fleurs, des oiseaux des papillons, peints par Melles Ditchs at des papiers de la Chine...' (p. 18). This legal transaction, along with an inventory of the contents of the house, are described in detail in transcribed documents accompanying the present lot. Apparently the watercolors remained in the same room until they were purchased by the grandmother of the present owner.

    Provenance

    Mlle. Claire Joseph Hipolite Leyris Delatude-Clairon; Issey-près-Paris, sold 19 March, 1796 [29 Ventose An 4me de la République Français].
    Erik Magnus, Baron de Staël von Holstein, Chamberlain to the Queen of Sweden and Swedish Ambassador to France and thence by descent and sold in the 1920's.
    Mrs. Warfield, St Louis, Missouri and thence by descent to the present owner.


    Saleroom Notice

    Please note the central images are Chinese School and 18th century.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN
    (LOT 303)