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Jean-Baptiste Monnoyer
A BOUQUET OF FLOWERS IN A GILDED BRONZE URN ON A PORPHYRY BASE IN AN ARCHITECTURAL SETTING
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PROPERTY FROM A DISTINGUISHED PRIVATE COLLECTION

Jean-Baptiste Monnoyer
A BOUQUET OF FLOWERS IN A GILDED BRONZE URN ON A PORPHYRY BASE IN AN ARCHITECTURAL SETTING
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Jean-Baptiste Monnoyer
LILLE 1636 - 1699 LONDON
A BOUQUET OF FLOWERS IN A GILDED BRONZE URN ON A PORPHYRY BASE IN AN ARCHITECTURAL SETTING
signed and dated lower right: J.B. Monoyer f. 1665
oil on canvas
208 x 160 cm.; 81 7/8  x 63 in.
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Provenance

Sale, Paris, Picard Scp., 24 June 1993, lot 7, for 1,850,000 Francs;
Richard Green, London;
From whom acquired by the present owner.

Catalogue Note

One of the grandest works Monnoyer ever painted, this sumptuous canvas was conceived in the same year the artist was received into the Académie Royale, 1665. It typifies the extravagant style for which he became so well-known and that caused him to become the flower painter of choice of French aristocrats decorating their châteaux and Parisian hôtels. It achieved a world record price for a single painting by Monnoyer when last on the market in 1993, a record that still stands nearly twenty-five years later.

Monnoyer was born in Lille and studied history painting in Antwerp. He had arrived in Paris by 1650 when he was employed on the decoration of the Hôtel Lambert on the Ile Saint-Louis, one of the grandest projects of the day that attracted many of France’s leading painters. He collaborated widely, with Charles Le Brun on the Grand Trianon at Versailles and later with Hyacinthe Rigaud and Philippe de Champaigne, the latter of whom he joined in the Queen’s apartment at the château de Vincennes, painting garlands of flowers on the ceilings. In 1690 he was summoned to England by Ralph Montagu, later 1st Duke of Montagu, decorating several rooms and the staircase at Montagu House. His skill was as admired by English aristocrats as it was by the French, and he was employed at Burlington House by Charles Howard, 3rd Earl of Carlisle, at Kensington Palace by Charles Beauclerk, 1st Duke of St Albans, and elsewhere.

Old Masters Evening Sale

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