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LOTS 30-52: PROPERTY FROM A EUROPEAN PRIVATE COLLECTION

Olivier Le May
BALL GIVEN BY THE DUKE DE LIANCOURT FOR THE COUNTESS DE ROCHECHOUART, AT LISIEUX
Estimate
8,00012,000
LOT SOLD. 11,875 GBP
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LOTS 30-52: PROPERTY FROM A EUROPEAN PRIVATE COLLECTION

Olivier Le May
BALL GIVEN BY THE DUKE DE LIANCOURT FOR THE COUNTESS DE ROCHECHOUART, AT LISIEUX
Estimate
8,00012,000
LOT SOLD. 11,875 GBP
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Details & Cataloguing

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Olivier Le May
VALENCIENNES 1734 - 1797 PARIS
BALL GIVEN BY THE DUKE DE LIANCOURT FOR THE COUNTESS DE ROCHECHOUART, AT LISIEUX
Gouache over traces of pencil, within black borders;
signed and dated, lower right: O. Le May / Pinxit / 1771;
bears old inscription in pen and brown ink on the verso of the original backing: La Fête donnée par Le Duc de Liancourt/a Mme La Contesse de la Rochechouart/à Lisieux/1771

249 by 470 mm
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Provenance

Probably Élisabeth François Armide Durey de Morsan, Comtesse de Rochechouart (1757-1805),
Princesse de Carency, née Rochechouart,
thence by inheritance to her nephew Alphonse de Bauffremont (1792-1860), label on the verso of the original backing with inventory n. 34;
Collection de M. J. del V., her sale, Paris, Galerie Georges Petit, 28 May 1931, lot 41;
the Damiron Collection, Paris

Catalogue Note

Most certainly drawn from life1 the present gouache must have been commissioned by the Duc of Liancourt to record the outdoor feast he gave in honour of the Countess of Rochechouart at Lisieux, in Normandy in 1771, the date written by the artist after his signature.  The main focus to the left of this exquisite composition is on a dancing couple: François Alexandre de Liancourt (1747-1827) 'Grand-Maître de la Garde Robe' of Louis XV and Louis XVI, and Madeleine Melanie Henriette Barberie de Courteille, countess de Rochechouart, who married Aimery de Rochechouart in 1764. 

Sold in an original, late 18th century carved and gilded French frame, bearing the inscription at the top: DONNE AU DUC ALPHONSE DE BAUFFREMONT, PAR SA TANTE LA PRINCESSE DE CARENCY NEE ROCHECHOUART and at the bottom DONNE PAR Mr. le DUC DE LIANCOURT à Mme la CONTESSE DE ROCHECHOUART à LISIEUX EN NORMANDIE

1. The pendant to the present work, also executed on the same occasion, was signed: Le May fecit a natura, as is stated in the catalogue of the 1931 sale, (see Provenance)

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