This sale will offer a group of distinguished paintings from the French school of the 18th century. Notably a very impressive painting by François Le Moyne (1688-1737), Allegory of Love, which belonged to Dominique Vivant Denon (1747-1825), the first curator of the Louvre museum. We also present a pair of pastels by Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun (1755-1842), Portrait of Mr and Mrs de Roissy, and a very intimatePortrait of Jean-Honoré Fragonard, by his pupil and sister-in-law Marguerite Gérard (1761-1837). We also have a very important Italian work, Brawl during a game by Gaspare Traversi (1722-1770). This painting is a total discovery even if the composition was known by two others versions. We have not seen such an important composition by the artist in Auction over the last years.
The 19th century section shows a charming View of the terrace of St Germain en Laye, near Paris, by Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot (1796 - 1875) painted in 1852 (estimate 30 000/40 000€). Corot often painted the countryside in the west of Paris, where his parents had a home. We also have an important drawing by Victor Hugo (1802-1885), A Burg (estimate 60 000/80 000€). This drawing was part of the collection of Philippe Burty (1830-1890), famous art critic, a very active and influential personality of the Art world of his time. He published the correspondence of Delacroix and was a good friend of Victor Hugo whith whom he had a very important correspondence.
There is also a beautiful "Belle Epoque" View of the flower market in la place de la Madeleine, Paris, by the polish artist L. Bakalowicz (20,000/30,000€).