Property from a Private Collection, California
À CHACUN SON MÉTIER
signed A. Landini (lower left); inscribed Appartements Louis XIV au Palais du Versailles/"a chacun son metier" and signed A Landini (on a label on the stretcher)
oil on canvas
25¾ by 32 in.
65.4 by 81.3 cm
Titled and signed on an old label by an unknown hand (on the reverse).
Lined. The work presents well with bright colors. Scattered, barely perceptible craquelure. Frame abrasion with some associated discolored inpainting is scattered at the edges. Under UV: a few small areas of finely applied inpainting in the lower half of composition; and dashes of retouching on the red robes and on the mirror at upper left. Brushy inpainting to address aforementioned abrasion widely scattered at the edges.
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Probably, Sotheby's, London, May 21, 1958, lot 180
Senator and Mrs. George McGovern, Washington, D.C. (and sold, Christie's, New York, May 23, 1991, lot 170, illustrated)
Acquired at the above sale