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PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION

Jean-Baptiste Perronneau
MADAME JACQUES NICOLAS LE BOUCHER D'AILLY
Estimate
10,00015,000
LOT SOLD. 6,250 USD
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PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION

Jean-Baptiste Perronneau
MADAME JACQUES NICOLAS LE BOUCHER D'AILLY
Estimate
10,00015,000
LOT SOLD. 6,250 USD
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Jean-Baptiste Perronneau
PARIS 1715 - 1783 AMSTERDAM
MADAME JACQUES NICOLAS LE BOUCHER D'AILLY
Pastel;
signed and dated in graphite lower left: J.B. Perronneau / 1770
Oval: 692 by 560 mm; 27 1/4  by 22 in (sight size)
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Provenance

M. de Boiville, Abbeville;
with Gimpel & Wildenstein, Paris, by whom sold in 1903 to Ernest Cronier; Ernest Cronier (1840-1905),
his estate sale, Paris, Galerie Georges Petit, 6-8 December 1905, lot 39,
where purchased by Duveen Brothers;
Alphonse Kann, Saint-Germain-en-Laye,
his sale, Paris, Galerie Georges Petit, 6-8 December 1920, lot 133;
Goldast collection,
his sale, Paris, Hôtel Drouot, 8-9 February 1939, lot 52;
Susana Garrahan, until 1969,
when acquired by the present owner

Exhibited

London, Wildenstein, La Douceur de vivre: Art, Style and Decoration in XVIIIe Century France, 1983, p. 61, no number, reproduced p. 31

Literature

A. Alexandre, 'La Collection E. Cronier,' Les Arts, no. 47, November 1905, p. 14;
L. Vaillat and P. Ratouis de Limay, J.B. Perronneau (1715-1783), sa vie et son oeuvre, Paris 1909, p. 138, no. 39;
Idem., J. B. Perronneau (1715-1783), sa vie et son oeuvre (2nd, revised ed.), Paris 1923, pp. 107, 150, 193, 207 & 226;
R. Gimpel, Journal d'un collectionneur, marchand de tableaux, Paris 1963, p. 310 (entry of November 21, 1925, recording the sale by his father, Ernest Gimpel, of the pastel of Ernest Cronier on 5 June 1903) (English ed., as Diary of an Art Dealer (trans. by J. Rosenberg), New York 1966, p. 307);
N. Jeffares, Dictionary of Pastellists before 1800, London 2006, p. 405, reproduced

Catalogue Note

The sitter, Marie Louise Catherine Françoise Colette de Villers, was born in 1728, the daughter of Jean Baptiste François de Viller, Seigneur d’Hocquincourt, de Ligny and d’Authieul, and Marie Catherine Le Boucher du Menil.  In 1747 she married Nicolas Le Boucher d’Ailly, who had been appointed ‘Conseilleur du Roi’ in 1736, and was also mayor and military commandant of the French city of Abbeville.  From the lively correspondence that Perronneau had with his friend Aignan Thomas Desfriches we learn that the artist received several commissions in Abbeville,1 notably his invitation in 1767 to portray the wealthy manufacturer Abram van Robais, whose extraordinary and impressive pastel portrait is known in three versions, one, signed and dated 1769, in the Louvre.2

1 Vaillat-Ratouis de Limay, op. cit., 1923, pp. 107-109

2 G. Monnier, Pastels XVIIeme et XVIIIeme siècle, Paris 1972, no. 96, reproduced

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