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ATTRIBUTED TO FRANÇOIS PERRIER | ALLEGORY OF THE FOUR SEASONS

Estimate:

80,000 to - 120,000 USD

Property from a Distinguished Private collection, Washington, D.C.

ATTRIBUTED TO FRANÇOIS PERRIER | ALLEGORY OF THE FOUR SEASONS

ATTRIBUTED TO FRANÇOIS PERRIER | ALLEGORY OF THE FOUR SEASONS

Estimate:

80,000 to - 120,000 USD

Lot sold:

189,000

USD

Property from a Distinguished Private Collection, Washington, D.C.

ATTRIBUTED TO FRANÇOIS PERRIER

Pontarlier 1594 - 1649 Paris

ALLEGORY OF THE FOUR SEASONS


oil on canvas

39¼ by 53½ in.; 99.7 by 135.9 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 work is in very good condition. The canvas seems to have a thin lining. It is stretched on an old if not original stretcher. The paint layer is stable, although some of the cracking is slightly more noticeable, particularly in the darker colors of the upper right.

The paint layer is clean and varnished. Retouches have been finely applied to flyspecks and small spots of thinness in the darker colors of the woman in the clouds. There are retouches along the top edge and on the top half of the left edge. There are retouches in the dark clouds on which the female nude sits. In the remainder of the painting, there are only small isolated spots of retouching.



"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."

With P. D. Colgnaghi & Sons, London (as François Perrier);

With Dickinson Roundell Inc., New York;

There acquired in 1999 (as Attributed to Nicolas Loir). 

The attribution of this remarkable and dynamic Allegory of the Four Seasons has continued to elude scholars, though a number place it close to François Perrier. In beautiful condition and painted in deep, vibrant tones, the composition includes four elements that allude to each season: the fire and figure keeping warm under a cloak lower left (Winter); the central putti with flowers and the lactating goddess above (Spring); a pair of putti with harvested hay lower right (Summer); and in the central foreground a satyr with a laurel wreath and grapes (Autumn).