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François-Louis-Joseph Watteau, called Watteau de Lille
THREE DRAWINGS OF ELEGANT FEMALE FIGURES
Estimate
4,0006,000
LOT SOLD. 4,375 GBP
JUMP TO LOT
93
François-Louis-Joseph Watteau, called Watteau de Lille
THREE DRAWINGS OF ELEGANT FEMALE FIGURES
Estimate
4,0006,000
LOT SOLD. 4,375 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

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François-Louis-Joseph Watteau, called Watteau de Lille
VALENCIENNES 1758- 1823 PARIS
THREE DRAWINGS OF ELEGANT FEMALE FIGURES
Quantity: 3
All graphite;
two signed in graphite, lower left: Watteau
The smallest: 202 by 129 mm
The largest: 207 by 133 mm
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Provenance

Sale, Paris, Bailly-Pommery & Voutier Associés, 28 March 2013, lot 1

Catalogue Note

François-Louis-Joseph Watteau was, like his father, known as Watteau de Lille and predominantly active as an artist in the city of his birth, where from 1808 until his death he served as the deputy curator of the Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille.

The three portrayals of elegantly dressed women that make up the present lot are all highly characteristic examples of the artist's graphic style and are, in all likelihood, studies for Gallerie des modes et costumes française, a collection of 445 plates of French fashion, for which he is known to have contributed around 118 drawings, between 1784-1787. The refinement of his subjects' poses and costumes, can be closely compared with other surviving sheets for this project in the Bibliothèque d'art et d'archéologie, Geneva.1

1. G. Mäes, Les Watteau de Lille, Paris 1998, pp. 425-429, nos. FD71, FD74, FD76 and FD 91, reproduced

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