14 May 2009
Jean-Baptiste Greuze (Tournus 1725-1805 Paris)
A head study of a young lady with a blue ribbon
oil on canvas
16½ x 13 5/8 in. (41.9 x 34.7 cm.)
Anonymous sale; Paris, 4 March 1845, lot 24.
(Possibly) Henry Bulwer, 1st Baron Dalling and Bulwer (1801-1872), politician, diplomat and writer.
Anonymous sale of 'Mme B***' [Mme Brooks]; Pillet and Haro, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, 16 April 1877, lot 133 (3,500 livres).
(Possibly) Hugh A.J. Munro of Novar; Christie's, London, 1 June 1878, lot 45 (210 gns. to Agnew).
Anonymous sale of 'M. X***' [Charles and Henri Porgès]; Fernard Lair-Dubreuil, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, 22 March 1907, lot 4.
In the collection of the present owner since at least 1970.
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J. Martin and C. Masson, Catalogue raisonné de l'oeuvre peint et dessiné de J.-B. Greuze, Paris, 1908, no. 557.
The present lot is sold with a copy of a certificate from Jean Cailleux, confirming the attribution to Greuze on the basis of first-hand examination.
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