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452
Émile-Antoine Bayard
FRENCH
COQUELIN IN LES PRÉCIEUSES RIDICULES
Estimate
7,0009,000
LOT SOLD. 8,750 USD
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452
Émile-Antoine Bayard
FRENCH
COQUELIN IN LES PRÉCIEUSES RIDICULES
Estimate
7,0009,000
LOT SOLD. 8,750 USD
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Details & Cataloguing

19th Century European Art

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Émile-Antoine Bayard
1837 - 1891
FRENCH
COQUELIN IN LES PRÉCIEUSES RIDICULES
signed Emile Bayard and dated 1888 (lower left)
oil on canvas
18 1/4 by 15 in.
46.4 by 38.1 cm
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Provenance

José M. Lamarca Guerrico Collection, Argentina (according to a label on the reverse) 

Catalogue Note

Molière’s comedy Les Précieuses Ridicules centers around two provincial yet snobbish young women who travel to Paris in search of eligible suitors, only to be duped by two valets disguised as men of means. In the present work, the précieuses in their over-the-top finery flank Mascarille, one of the two imposters, who appears equally ridiculous with his powdered wig and feathered hat as he attempts to use his wit to woo the unsuspecting ladies, who do not yet realize they are being tricked.

As noted in a label on the reverse, the present work depicts a scene from an 1888 Paris production starring the celebrated stage actor Benoît-Constant Coquelin (1841-1909) in the role of Mascarille, a role originated by Molière himself (fig. 1). 

19th Century European Art

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