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ANNE VALLAYER-COSTER | A STILL LIFE OF ROSES AND OTHER FLOWERS IN A BLUE VASE WITH A BOOK

Estimate:

300,000

to
- 500,000 USD

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ANNE VALLAYER-COSTER | A STILL LIFE OF ROSES AND OTHER FLOWERS IN A BLUE VASE WITH A BOOK

ANNE VALLAYER-COSTER | A STILL LIFE OF ROSES AND OTHER FLOWERS IN A BLUE VASE WITH A BOOK

Estimate:

300,000

to
- 500,000 USD

Lot sold:

352,800

USD

ANNE VALLAYER-COSTER

Paris 1744 - 1818

A STILL LIFE OF ROSES AND OTHER FLOWERS IN A BLUE VASE WITH A BOOK


signed and dated lower right: Melle Vallayer/1775

oil on copper, an oval

19 by 15½ in.; 48.5 by 39.5 cm.

The following condition report has been provided by Karen Thomas of Thomas Art Conservation LLC., 336 West 37th Street, Suite 830, New York, NY 10018, 212-564-4024, info@thomasartconservation.com, an independent restorer who is not an employee of Sotheby's.


This painting is in excellent condition

overall with a fairly recent

restoration. The copper panel is attached to a wood

strainer for ease of handling and to

provide extra stability. The support is

planar and free of structural defects.

On the reverse of the copper panel, a

few small areas of cracking appear

stable.


The virtually pristine paint layers are

beautifully preserved, and free of

abrasion or wear. The colors remain

fresh and vibrant, and the paint layer

is secure. A minor amount of retouching

is found on the painting, clearly

visible under ultraviolet illumination.

The precise retouches address a cluster

of minute drying cracks in the

background, right of the vase; a small

loss in the upper right rose; and a

short, repaired scratch in the leaves to

the left of the vase. Rubbing around the

perimeter of the painting from the frame

rebate has been retouched and is mostly

hidden by the frame. Just above the foot

of the vase, age-related increased

transparency of the paint, a normal

aging phenomenon, has been addressed

with a thin application of restoration

glazing. One tiny newer loss along the

edge, near the bottom, left of center,

is hidden by the frame.

The varnish is clear and evenly glossy,

with a slightly textured surface

consistent with a spray application.

The frame appears to be in sound

condition overall with a normal degree

of wear. A handful of losses to the

gilding reveal the white gesso.

This painting may be enjoyed in its

current state with the expectation that

the present restoration and varnish

will last for many years to come.


"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."

Anonymous sale, Paris, Galerie Charpentier, 15 December 1959, lot 31;

Paris art market, 1960;

With Newhouse Galleries, New York;

From whom acquired circa 1990. 

M. Roland Michel, Anne Vallayer Coster, Paris 1970, cat. no. 64, p. 123, reproduced p. 133;

E. Kahng and M. Roland Michel, Anne Vallayer-Coster: Painter to the Court of Marie-Antoinette, Dallas 2002, cat. no. 35, p. 202, reproduced.