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Jean-Baptiste Pater (Valenciennes 1695-1736 Paris)
Jean-Baptiste Pater (Valenciennes 1695-1736 Paris)

Le Concert champêtre; and La Cueillette des Roses

Jean-Baptiste Pater (Valenciennes 1695-1736 Paris)
Le Concert champêtre; and La Cueillette des Roses
oil on canvas
21½ x 25 5/8 in (52 x 65.4 cm.)
(2)a pair
F.-G. Podevin, Béthune.
Adolphe Podevin.
Eugénie Bevin des Ervilles.
Gabrielle Bevin des Ervilles, Château de la Guennevircherde.
Paul Mathey, Paris.
Charles Sedelmeyer; his sale, Paris, 4 May 1907, lots 234 and 235 (fr. 27,000 to Larnaude and fr. 25,000 to Baron Christiani).
Countess Orlowski, Paris; sold Sotheby's, New York, 25 January 2001, lot 212.
Anonymous sale; Massol, Paris, 12 October 2005, lot 23.
F. Ingersoll-Smouse, Pater, Paris, 1921, p. 43, nos. 62 and 63, figs. 229 and 230.

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Lot Essay

Like his master Antoine Watteau, Pater often made several different versions of his favourite fête galante compositions by combining and recombining figures within them to ever different effect. As in Watteau's fêtes galantes, the figures in the present Concert Champêtre and Cueillette des Roses wear an imaginative mixture of contemporary clothing and fancy dress, with the women in elegant street clothes and the men in theatrical costume. As well as the humour that characterises the art of Pater, his distinctive, feathery brushwork and unmistakable palette of pearly pinks, silvery greys, milky ivories and acid blues are all evident in these pictures. Stylistically, these paintings can be dated to the mid-1720s.

Although Pater was a prolific draughtsman who used figure studies in many of his pictures, the present pair does not seem to relate specifically to any of his drawings.

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