Cardinal Joseph Fesch, Prince of France (1763-1839); Monsieur Le Vasseur; W. Burdon; sale, Geneva, Sotheby’s, 15 May 1986, lot 164
Stylistically this portrait corresponds with Hall's remarkably impressionistic and free style of the mid 1780s, making the traditional identification of the sitter as Prince Joseph Poniatowski infeasible.
An exuberant work in very good condition. The contemporary frame is of very high quality. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."