Lot 293
  • 293

Jean Valette-Falgous, called Valette-Penot

60,000 - 80,000 USD
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  • Jean Valette-Falgous, called Valette-Penot
  • Trompe l'oeil still life of bottles, fruit, plates and other objects along two wooden shelves
  • oil on canvas
  • 24 1/2 x 29 1 3/8 inches


Charles de Beistegui (1894-1970), Château de Groussay, Montfort l'Amaury;
Thence by descent to his nephew, Juan de Beistegui;
By whom sold, Sotheby's, Montfort l'Amaury, Château de Groussay (auction on the premises, 2 June 1999, lot 153 (as attributed to Penot);
Where acquired by the present collector for FRF 554,270 ($87,573). 

Catalogue Note

Jean Valette-Falgous, called Penot, was a French artist of the 18th century known for his trompe l’oeil still lifes, which were intended to “trick the eye” of the viewer into thinking the image was a three-dimensional object.  This trompe l’oeil of various cooking oils and objects along wooden shelves is typical of Valette Penot, and is similar in composition to the Trompe l'oeil with a sculpture of Hercules in the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Rennes (fig.1).  The present painting comes from the famous collection of Charles de Bestegui, which was sold at his magnificent residence, the Château de Groussay in France, by Sotheby’s in 1999.