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JEAN-FRANÇOIS BONY | PORTRAIT OF MADEMOISELLE ALBERT, FULL-LENGTH, SEATED IN A LANDSCAPE BESIDE A STONE VASE AND BASKETS FILLED WITH FLOWERS

Estimate:

80,000 to - 120,000 USD

JEAN-FRANÇOIS BONY | PORTRAIT OF MADEMOISELLE ALBERT, FULL-LENGTH, SEATED IN A LANDSCAPE BESIDE A STONE VASE AND BASKETS FILLED WITH FLOWERS

JEAN-FRANÇOIS BONY | PORTRAIT OF MADEMOISELLE ALBERT, FULL-LENGTH, SEATED IN A LANDSCAPE BESIDE A STONE VASE AND BASKETS FILLED WITH FLOWERS

Estimate:

80,000 to - 120,000 USD

Lot sold:

81,250

USD

JEAN-FRANÇOIS BONY

(Givors 1754 - 1825 Paris)

PORTRAIT OF MADEMOISELLE ALBERT, FULL-LENGTH, SEATED IN A LANDSCAPE BESIDE A STONE VASE AND BASKETS FILLED WITH FLOWERS


signed and dated lower left on the pedestal under the vase: Bony, dessinateur de sa fabrique se soieries de Lyon, 1817

oil on canvas

85 by 60¼ in.; 215.3 by 153 cm.

The following condition report has been provided by Simon Parkes of Simon Parkes Art Conservation, Inc. 502 East 74th St. New York, NY 212-734-3920, simonparkes@msn.com, an independent restorer who is not an employee of Sotheby's.


This large work is in particularly good condition. The heavily gessoed canvas has developed cracks, which is not unexpected and should not be considered a condition issue. The canvas is well stretched, but there is an uneven area on the extreme upper right edge that could be corrected. The paint layer is stable. There are a few retouches in the shadow of the flower pot in the lower right. There is T-shaped tear with another extension in the upper center sky, running about 6 or 7 inches in total. There is also a restoration in the left side of the dress of the woman, where there is a small break in the canvas of perhaps 2 inches. There are no other restorations throughout the extensive details of the still life and figure.


The frame is original and should be restored.


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Private collection, France;

From whom acquired by the present owner.

Musee des Beaux-Arts, Fleurs de Lyon 1807 - 1917, Lyon 1982, exhibition catalogue, pp. 111-114, no. 45, reproduced p. 113.

Lyon, Musee des Beaux-Arts, Fleurs de Lyon 1807 - 1917, June - September 1982, no. 45.

Born in Givors, near Lyon, Jean-François Bony studied flower design at the Lyon École de Dessin. In addition to painting, he produced embroidery designs for satin, velvet, and taffeta for Lyon textile manufacturers, and later taught flower design at the École de Beaux-Arts in Lyon. In 1811 he relocated to Paris, where he designed textiles and clothing for the court of Napoleon I and later for Louis XVIII, including dresses for Empress Josephine and window hangings for Versailles. While many of his textile designs are preserved in the Musée Historique des Tissus in Lyon and the Bibliothèque des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, his oil paintings are very rare.


Bony exhibited flower paintings at the Paris Salon of 1819, and after he took his own life in 1825, eight of his paintings were exhibited posthumously in 1828.  The present painting is unique in Bony's oeuvre for its monumental size and combination of his talents for precise flower painting and textile design. His signature suggests that he also designed the striped silk dress worn by Mademoiselle Albert, as he was employed at the silkworks in Lyon. Beyond her the landscape shows Lyon's Fourvière hill with the Basilica of Notre Dame, demonstrating Bony's connections to the industries of his hometown.