Paris 1703 - 1770
A STUDY FOR LA FERME
oil on canvas
unframed: 63.4 x 48.5 cm.; 25 x 19⅛ in.
framed: 94.5 x 77.5 cm.; 37¼ x 30½ in.
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The canvas is lined, with a clean paint surface and very slightly discoloured varnish. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals small retouchings scattered in the tree upper left and the cottage upper left, notably in the dark entrance. More concentrated retouching is also visible: to a repaired damage in the yellow dress of the woman and white cloth behind her centre left, measuring approx. 7 x 2.5 cm.; two patches in the shoulder and back of the kneeling figure centre right; to a repaired damage in the foliage upper right to a repaired damage approx. 4.5 x 4 cm.; and most notable along the lower margin and in the foreground lower left to an area at its widest 8 x 9.5 cm., and to a horizontal band in the blue dress of the figure lower right approx. 2.5 x 10.5 cm. None of these impede the legibility of the image which presents well and is ready to hang.
"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."
Charles Natoire, former professor and director of the Academy of France in Rome;
His posthumous sale, Paris, Hôtel d'Aligre, 14 December 1778, lot 33, for 120 livres to Larieu;
Anonymous sale, Lille, Mercier & Cie, 18 February 2018, lot 267 (as circle of Fragonard), where acquired.