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Jean-Baptiste Perronneau
PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG LADY, POSSIBLY MME D 'ANGLURE
Estimate
35,00045,000
LOT SOLD. 43,750 GBP
JUMP TO LOT
60
Jean-Baptiste Perronneau
PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG LADY, POSSIBLY MME D 'ANGLURE
Estimate
35,00045,000
LOT SOLD. 43,750 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Old Master & British Drawings including French Masterworks from the Dormeuil Collection

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Jean-Baptiste Perronneau
PARIS 1715 - 1783 AMSTERDAM
PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG LADY, POSSIBLY MME D 'ANGLURE

Provenance

Charles Petit de Meurville;
sale, Paris, Drouot, 26-28 May 1904, lot 45;
M. André, Marseille;
David-Weill Collection, Neuilly, by 1927, 
by whom sold, London, Sotheby's, 10 June 1959, lot 117 (as the Marquise d'Anglure),
acquired at the sale by Pierre Dormeuil,
thence by descent to the present owners

Exhibited

Paris, Galerie Charpentier, Exposition des Pastels français des XVIIe et XVIIIe Siècles, 1927, no. 113

Literature

L. Brieger, Das Pastell: seine Geschichte und seine Meister, Berlin 1921, p. 95, illustrated (as anonymous sitter);
L. Vaillat and P. Ratouis de Limay, Jean-Baptiste Perronneau, sa vie et son oeuvre, 2nd edition, Paris/Brussels 1923, pp. 190, 237;
G. Henriot, 'La collection David-Weill', L'Amour de l'art, 1925, VI/1 p. 11 (as "d'une grâce inexprimable");
idem., Collection David Weill, tableaux, pastels, dessins, Paris 1926-28, vol. II, p. 51;
E. Dacier and P. Ratouis de Limay, Pastels Français des XVIIe et XVIIIe Siècles, Paris 1927, p. 96, no. 90, pl. LXIV (commemorative catalogue of the exhibition, with different numbering);
review of this exhibition, in Le Gaulois Artistique, 2 June 1927, p. 144, reproduced;
N. Jeffares, Dictionary of pastellists before 1800, London 2006, p. 397 (as ?Mme. d'Anglure);
Le Port des Lumières: 1. La peinture à Bordeaux 1750-1800, exhib. cat., Bordeaux, Galerie des Beaux-Arts, 1989, p. 128, reproduced

Catalogue Note

Dominique d'Arnoult, who will include this pastel in her forthcoming catalogue raisonné, believes the suggested identification of the sitter is without foundation. 

Another version of this portrait is in the Fine Art Museums of San Francisco (inv. 1996.88).  That pastel, which was sold from the collection of Jacques de Bryas in Paris in 19051, is slightly larger, and the sitter has a subtly different hairstyle.  This, together with stylistic considerations, leads Neil Jeffares to conclude that the present work is rather earlier, dating from the 1750s, while the San Francisco version must have been made in the later 1760s. 

In terms of quality, this ranks among Perronneau's best works, with a lightness of touch and sure characterisation that few of his contemporaries could match.

1.  Sale, Paris, 6 February 1905, lot 17;  we are grateful to Neil Jeffares for pointing out that the Bordeaux 1989 exhibition catalogue (loc. cit.) appears to conflate the provenance of the two versions, stating that de Meurville sold his pastel to de Bryas.

Old Master & British Drawings including French Masterworks from the Dormeuil Collection

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London