Lot 110
  • 110

School of Fontainebleau, circa 1600

50,000 - 70,000 USD
106,250 USD
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  • School of Fontainebleau, circa 1600
  • The lovers
  • oil on canvas
  • 35 1/2  by 32 3/8  in.; 90 by 82 cm.


Stanford White, New York;
By whom sold, New York, The American Art Association, 4-6 April 1907, lot 11 (as Venetian School);
Mrs. Payne Whitney, New York, 1907-44;
By descent to Helen Hay Whitney, 1944;
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York;
By whom sold (Anonymously), New York, Christie's, January 11, 1989, lot 173;
Anonymous sale, New York, Christie's, January 11, 1991, lot 41;
Where acquired by a private American collector;
By whom sold, New York, Sotheby's, 27 January 2005, lot 128;
There acquired by the present collector.


C. Sterling, Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, II, 1943, p. 112;
C. Sterling, French Paintings, XV-XVIII Centuries, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1955, p. 51f, reproduced p. 52;
S. Béguin, L'Ecole de Fontainebleau, exhibition catalogue, Paris 1972, p. 220, under cat. no. 247.

Catalogue Note

The present painting, which has bears an impressive 20th century American provenance, repeats in composition, with slight differences, an anonymous painting in a private collection (see S. Béguin in Literature).  That painting includes an older gentleman at the right side which is only partially visible in our work.