Property from a Private Collection
La Bassée 1761 - 1845 Paris
Les Caresses Maternelles
oil on canvas
46.5 x 38.5 cm; 18¼ by 15⅛ in.
The actual painting is a bit less yellow than the catalogue illustration would suggest. The painting seems to be in a fair condition. The canvas seems to be unlined or alternatively has a very old and thin relining. A certain degree of wear may be observed in the dark brown background. The clothing and face of the main figures are nicely preserved. Under ultraviolet light, the varnish layer fluoresces in some parts, showing strengthenings of the craquelure pattern in the dark areas of the background and foreground, and in the clothes of the girl. Offered with a new plain silver-painted frame.
"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.
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Senator Symphor Casimir Joseph Boittelle (1813–97);
His sale, Paris, Pillet, 24 April 1866, lot 6, where acquired by
His sale, Paris, Pillet, 1 February 1875, lot 3, to M. Borel;
With Arnold, André and Jacques Seligmann, Paris;
Seized from the above by the Einsatzstab Reichsleiter Rosenberg (ERR) and transferred to the German Embassy, Paris in August 1940;
Transferred to the Louvre in November 1940;
Transferred for restoration to the Buxheim Charterhouse, Bavaria on 14 December 1944;
Repatriated to France on 4 March 1946 and subsequently restituted to the Seligmann family on 8 May 1946;
Anonymous sale, Paris, Rheims, 23 May 1951, lot 19;
Acquired by Antenor Patiño (1896–1982), for his house in Avenue Foch, Paris;
Thence by descent, until sold anonymously ('The Property from a Mid-Western Estate'), New York, Christie's, 22 May 1998, lot 131;
Private European collection.
H. Harrisse, L–L. Boilly, sa vie et son œuvre, Paris 1898, p. 93, cat. no. 114.
We are grateful to Mr. Alastair Laing for endorsing the attribution to Boilly upon inspection of the original, and to Mr. Pascal Zuber for endorsing the attribution on the basis of photographs in 2011.
In the mid-20th century this elegant picture belonged to the Bolivian tin mining magnate Antenor Patiño. At one time considered one of the wealthiest men in the world, Patiño maintained homes in Europe and North America, including an apartment on Fifth Avenue and another on Avenue Foch in Paris.