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Augustin de Saint-Aubin
THE 'VALIDE', THE SULTAN'S MOTHER
Estimate
20,00030,000
LOT SOLD. 25,000 USD
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64
Augustin de Saint-Aubin
THE 'VALIDE', THE SULTAN'S MOTHER
Estimate
20,00030,000
LOT SOLD. 25,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Augustin de Saint-Aubin
PARIS 1736 - 1807
THE 'VALIDE', THE SULTAN'S MOTHER
Black chalk with touches of red chalk and delicate blue and yellow wash;
signed and dated in black chalk, lower right: Aug. de Saint-Aubin delin 1777
197 by 150 mm; 7 3/4 by 5 7/8 in
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Provenance

Leboeuf de Montgermont collection, sale, Paris, Galerie Georges Petit, 16-19 June 1919, lot 281;
Alfred Beurdeley (L.421)

Catalogue Note

This is likely to be a portrait of a French woman in Turkish dress or an actress in her costume, a product of the Parisian taste for the exotic in the late 18th century.  The drawing seems to have been engraved by Thérèse Lignée (born 1753) with the title Validé ou la Sultane mère.1

Augustin de Saint-Aubin was a prolific printmaker himself, but also a highly accomplished portrait draftsman.  This beautiful and refined drawing is characteristic of his best work and can be compared with a portrait of his wife, in the same media, sold London, Christie's, 11 April 2002, lot 636.

1.  E. Bénézit, Dictionnaire des Peintres..., Paris 1999, vol. 8, p. 687

Old Master Drawings

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