Sale: Christie’s, London, 6 March 1939, lot 11 Matthiesen Fine Art, London (purchased at the above sale) Sale: Christie's, London, 8 July 2011, lot 340 (erroneously catalogued as by Pierre Duval-Lecamus) Purchased at the above sale by the present owner
At the age of fourteen, Jean-Alphonse Roehn left his father's studio for the École des Beaux Arts where he studied under Jean-Baptiste Regnault and Antoine-Jean Gros. Following his father’s suggestion, he later decided to devote himself to genre painting, with a preference for charming and playful subjects drawn from every-day life such as the present work. The signed and dated pendant to the present painting, La Chute du Chat, was formerly with Matthiesen Fine Art, London.
The canvas has been lined and is securely attached to a keyed wooden stretcher that appears of the period. There is some fine scattered craquelure, notably in the background, only visible upon close inspection. Ultra-violet light reveals a layer of old residual varnish which makes the surface quite difficult to read. However, some scattered lines of retouching are visible along the extreme framing edges. Overall, this work appears to be in good condition and is ready to hang.
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