Lot 287
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Antoine Vestier

60,000 - 80,000 USD
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  • Antoine Vestier
  • Portrait of a young boy, possibly Henri Delacroix, and his spaniel
  • signed and dated in the background, lower left: Vestier - / 1790
  • oil on canvas, oval
  • 28 x 23 inches


Possibly Henri-François Riesener (1767-1828);
Possibly bequeathed to his son, Louis-Antoine-Léon Riesener (1808-1878);
Galerie Louis Paraf, Paris, by 1926;
Mrs. Harry Payne Bingham, née Melissa Wiliams Yuille (1898-1986), New York, by 1974;
By whose estate sold, New York, Sotheby's, 14 January 1988, lot 215;
Anonymous sale, New York, Christie's, 24 January 2003, lot 115.


Paris, Salon de l'Académie royale, September 8-?, 1791, no. 111 (in the "Académie royale" handbook of the exhibition) and no. 699 (in the "Republican" handbook of the exhibition);
Paris, Galerie Louis Paraf, Maîtres anciens principalement du XVIIIe siècle: École française,  1926, no. 77;
New York, Newhouse Galleries, Old Master Paintings: An Exhibition of European Paintings from the 16th Century to the 19th Century, 3 October - 3 November, 1989, no. 19, reproduced.


La Béquille de Voltaire au Salon, seconde et dernière promenade, Paris 1791, p. 32;
M.S...(P. Chéry), Explication et critique impartiale de toutes les peintures, sculptures, gravures, dessins exposés au Louvre, Paris 1791, p. 63;
E. Bellier de la Chavignerie and L. Auvray, Dictionnaire général des artistes de l'école française, Paris 1885, II, p. 665;
A. Foulon de Vaulx, "Antoine Vestier, 1740-1824 -- notes et renseignements," Le Carnet Historique et LItéraire, VII, February 1901, p. 232;
J.-C. Sueur, Le portraitiste Antoine Vestier, Neuilly-sur-Seine 1974, pp. 82; 124, no. 129;
J.-F. Heim, C. Béraud, and P. Heim, Les Salons de peinture de la Révolution française, 1789-1799, Paris 1989, p. 379;
A.-M. Passez, Antoine Vestier (1740-1824), Paris 1989, p. 196, no. 86; also cited under no. 85, reproduced p. 197, fig. 86;
C. Kayser, in L'Enfant chéri au siècle des Lumières, Louveciennes 2003, p. 165, under no. 75;
P. Sanchez, Dictionnaire des artistes exposant dans les salons des XVII et XVIIIeme siècles à Paris et en province, 1673-1800, Dijon 2004, vol. III, p. 1696.


The following condition report has been provided by Simon Parkes of Simon Parkes Art Conservation, Inc. 502 East 74th St. New York, NY 212-734-3920, simonparkes@msn.com, an independent restorer who is not an employee of Sotheby's. This painting could be hung in its current condition if the frame were slightly restored. The canvas has a mid-20th century lining, which is nicely stabilizing the paint layer. The painting may be slightly dirty but looks well. The condition of the paint layer is particularly good. Even the darker colors in the dog seem to be un-abraded. There is some restoration in the hair on the right side of the child's head and a few spots in the shadows under his right arm, but the condition is clearly very good.
"This lot is offered for sale subject to Sotheby's Conditions of Business, which are available on request and printed in Sotheby's sale catalogues. The independent reports contained in this document are provided for prospective bidders' information only and without warranty by Sotheby's or the Seller."

Catalogue Note

This charming portrait is thought to depict Henri Delacroix, elder brother of the celebrated painter Eugène Delacroix, at six years of age.  The portrait was exhibited at the Paris Salon of 1791 with its pendant, depicting a small girl with her doll and parakeet (see A.-M. Passez under Literature, op. cit. cat. no. 85), now in the Musée du Louvre, Paris.