Lot 10
  • 10

Jean Raoux

30,000 - 50,000 USD
40,000 USD
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  • Jean Raoux
  • A quartet in concert
  • signed lower left: J. Raoux
  • oil on canvas
  • 31 7/8  by 25 in.; 81 by 63.5 cm.


Possibly sold, Paris, Durand, 25 March 1822, lot 1 (as one of a pair);
With Wildenstein, Paris, 1930;
Anonymous sale, Paris, Galerie Charpentier, André Vincent, 26 May 1933, lot 31 (as one of a pair);
With Newhouse Galleries, New York (according to a label on the reverse);
Earl Spring, United States;
Anonymous sale, London, Christie's, 29 November 1974, lot 63.


G. Bataille, "Raoux," in L. Dimier, Les Peintres français du XVIIIe siècle. Histoire des vies et catalogue des œuvres, 1928-1930, vol. II, pp. 267-282, no. 1.40;
A. P. de Mirimonde, "Scènes de genre musicales de l'école française au XVIIIe siècle dans les collections nationales," Revue du Louvre, no. 1, 1968, p. 15, fig. 6;
M-C. Heck and G. Faroult, Jean Raoux 1677-1734: un peintre sous la Régence, Paris 2009, p. 196-7, cat. no. 28, reproduced p. 57, fig. 5.

J. Guillaume

Catalogue Note

Taking inspiration from Dutch seventeenth century painters such as Johannes Vermeer and Caspar Netscher, Jean Raoux painted a number of interior scenes featuring groups of singers and musicians.  The present painting features two women in song at center, and a young flutist behind them.  To the right is a young man singing along and perhaps directing the group with his gestures.  The charming scene is full of elegant details which reinforce the extravagance of the setting, including a gilt table, luxurious curtains and fabrics in the clothing, and a sculpture in a garden setting beyond.  

Raoux repeats the motif of the two women at center in another painting, now in the Musée Languedocien in Montpellier.1  In that work, there is a giltwood piano open in the right foreground, and the jewelry and hairstyle of the seated woman are slightly different. 

1. Les Petites Musiciennes, oil on canvas,  inv. no. 939.1.2.  See M-C. Heck and G. Faroult, under Literature, p. 132-33, cat. no. 29.