21 October 2005
PROPERTY FROM THE VALENTINE COLLECTION
TWO SEVRES OVAL BOTTLE COOLERS (SCEAUX A LIQUEURS)
Blue interlaced L's enclosing date letter q for 1769, painter's mark of three dots for Tandart, incised yM to one, blue interlaced L's enclosing date letter T for 1772 and painter's mark for Binet to the other
Each of oval form with removable pierced divider, the scroll bracket handles linked with a shell and enriched in blue and gilt, painted in colors with loose bouquets and scattered flower sprays beneath blue-line-and-gilt dash and gilt dentil rims, the earlier example also with fruit, each also with a removable pierced divider
4½ in. (11.4 cm.) high; 12¼ in. (31 cm.) wide (4)
Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, New York, 18 May 1996, lot 239 ($4,600)
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3ean-Baptiste Tandart l'aîné is recorded at Sèvres as a flower painter 1754-1800.
François Binet is recorded at Sèvres as a flower painter 1750-1775.
On 6 and 7 of December Christie’s will offer almost 400 lots from a collection that includes works by Hals, Van Dyck, Leyster, Snyders and Jan Brueghel the Elder
Offered to benefit a new scholarship initiative from Bennington College, this work distils the unique form of abstraction for which the artist would become famous