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Alexandre-François Desportes
STILL LIFE WITH A MONKEY AND A BASKET OF FRUIT RESTING ON A LEDGE WITH A LANDSCAPE BEYOND
Estimate
80,000120,000
LOT SOLD. 100,000 USD
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45
Alexandre-François Desportes
STILL LIFE WITH A MONKEY AND A BASKET OF FRUIT RESTING ON A LEDGE WITH A LANDSCAPE BEYOND
Estimate
80,000120,000
LOT SOLD. 100,000 USD
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Alexandre-François Desportes
CHAMPIGNEULLE, ARDENNES 1661 - 1743 PARIS
STILL LIFE WITH A MONKEY AND A BASKET OF FRUIT RESTING ON A LEDGE WITH A LANDSCAPE BEYOND
signed and dated on the ledge: Desportes 1725
oil on canvas
35 by 46 3/4  in.; 88.9 by 118.8 cm.
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Provenance

Anonymous sale, New York, Sotheby's, 26 January 2006, lot 343;
There acquired by the present collector. 

Literature

G. de Lastic and P. Jacky, Desportes, Saint-Rémy-en-l'Eau 2010, p. 265, no. PC 1 ter (under "peintures à confirmer"). 

Catalogue Note

One of the most important French still-life painters of the 18th century, Alexandre-François Desportes served as the official painter of hunting scenes and animals to both Louis XIV and Louis XV.  He was trained in Paris in the Flemish style and spent a brief period in Poland before being reçu into the Académie Royale as an animal painter in 1699. Desportes was instrumental in popularizing still life painting in 18th-century France.  Inspired by Dutch and Flemish banquet paintings of the late 17th century, in which trophies of the hunt would be arranged with an abundance of fruit, vegetables and flowers on tabletops and in landscape settings, his pictures fit well into the Rococo taste that was in favor amongst the French aristocracy.  Still lifes such as the present example, which is signed and dated 1725, were highly sought after to decorate the most elegant homes in France. 

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