23 January 2004
TO BE SOLD WITHOUT RESERVE (LOTS 100-123)
This lot is offered without a reserve
Attributed to Nicolas Lancret (Paris 1690-1743)
oil on canvas
25¼ x 21 in. (64 x 53.3 cm.)
Abbé de Gévigney; Hôtel de Bullion, Paris, 1 December 1779, lot 537.
Anonymous sale, Sotheby's, New York, 14 January 1994, lot 160, as 'Nicolas Lancret' ($37,000).
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G. Wildenstein, Lancret, Paris, 1924, p. 75, no. 54; p. 70, under no. 3.
The present composition is a variant of one of a series depicting The Four Elements that Lancret painted for one of his most important patrons, Henri Camille, Marquis de Beringhen.
The 1994 Sotheby's sale catalogue states that 'Mary Taverner Holmes had seen the present work first hand and believed the painting to be by Lancret.
This lot is offered without reserve.
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