Lot 67
  • 67

CHARLES-JOSEPH NATOIRE | Standing man in profile to the left, playing a triangle

5,000 - 7,000 USD
3,750 USD
bidding is closed


  • Charles-Joseph Natoire
  • Standing man in profile to the left, playing a triangle
  • Red chalk heightened with white chalk


Sale, Monaco, Christie's, 16 June 1989, lot 66;
with Galerie Cailleux, Paris;
sale, New York, Christie's, 28 January 1999, lot 130;
with Galerie La Scala, Paris, by 2000


Nîmes, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Charles Joseph Natoire, 1700-1777. L'Histoire de Marc-Antoine, 1998, (catalogue by Guy Tosatto), pp. 23 and 81, reproduced


S. Caviglia-Brunel, Charles-Joseph Natoire 1700-1777, Paris 2012, p. 316, no. D.328, reproduced

Catalogue Note

The present work is a preparatory study for the figure playing a triangle, on the far right of Natoire's 1741 painting depicting The Entry of Marc Antony into Ephesus (Fig. 1), now in the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Nîmes.  Five closely comparable studies for the same project are known to exist, similarly executed in a combination of red chalk heightened with white chalk, three of which are in the collection of the Musée du Louvre, Paris, and one in a Parisian private collection.1 1. Caviglia-Brunel, op. cit., pp. 314-315, nos. D.322, D.325, D.326 (all Louvre), D.323 (Paris, Private Collection), and D.324 (Location unknown)