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Denis-Auguste-Marie Raffet
TWO HORSES OF PRINCE ANATOLE DEMIDOFF
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12,00018,000
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140
Denis-Auguste-Marie Raffet
TWO HORSES OF PRINCE ANATOLE DEMIDOFF
Estimate
12,00018,000
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Tableaux, Sculptures et Dessins Anciens et du XIXe siècle

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Denis-Auguste-Marie Raffet
PARIS 1804 - 1860 GÊNES
TWO HORSES OF PRINCE ANATOLE DEMIDOFF
Bears an inscription on the back, most likely by the artist himself Raffet San Donato 1857
Oil and black pencil on canvas
32 x 42,2 cm ; 12 1/2  by 16 5/8 in.
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Provenance

Sale of the collections of San Donato, Paris, February 21st - March 10th 1870, n° 76 with the following description : Etude de deux chevaux russes, l'un noir et l'autre blanc, ayant fait partie des écuries de San Donato ;
Acquired from the above by the collector Edouard Fould for 1050FF ;
Mr. Minoret ;
Mrs. Roussel, daughter of the above.

Catalogue Note

Auguste Raffet remains famous amongst art connoisseurs' and collectors' memories as the great illustrator of the Napoleonic epic, he represented the daily life of the Empire's grognard, in the wake of his master Nicolas Toussaint Charlet (1792-1845).

Raffet was also close to the prince Anatole Demidoff (1812-1870) who invited him to his scientific expedition in Russia in 1837. This journey led to the publication of Voyage dans la Russie méridionale et la Crimée (1838-1848), which features a hundred lithographs by Auguste Raffet.

After a journey in Spain in 1847 with Raffet, the Prince invited him in 1856 to his palace in Florence, the villa San Donato. The following year, the painter executed this study of two black and white Russian horses, which was featured in the San Donato sale after the prince's death in 1870. The male figure sketched on the right is said to be a portrait of the prince himself, but it is more likely a stable lad. 

Tableaux, Sculptures et Dessins Anciens et du XIXe siècle

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