18 April 2000
Antoine Vollon (French, 1833-1900)
Still life with books, an inkpot and a laquer stamp
signed lower left A. Vollon
oil on canvas
47 x 61 cm
Alexandre Dumas; Sale Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, 2 March 1896, lot 70 (sold FFr. 3.500).
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The present lot was one of the 16 works by Vollon included in the Dumas sale, showing the strong interest the author had in the artist's work.
Introducing the first auction in a series of three offering the collection of Paul Destribats, the Paris-based bibliophile
A cheaper, quicker alternative to oil paint, pastel became the perfect medium for portraits of the middle class