London, South Kensington
18 January 2000
Sebastien Louis Guillaume Norblin de la Gourdaine (1796-1884)
The Chariot of Aurora, within a decorated mount
inscribed and dated 'L'Annee-S.L.G Norblin' (lower right)
pencil, watercolour and bodycolour
27 x 18 in. (68.6 x 45.7 cm.)
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Please note the border to the painting is hinged and when lifted reveals a further border with the signs of the zodiac.
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