ANNE VALLAYER-COSTER | STILL LIFE OF ROSES, SNOWBALLS, PEONIES AND HYACINTHS IN A GLASS ON A LEDGE
Paris 1744 - 1818
STILL LIFE OF ROSES, SNOWBALLS, PEONIES AND HYACINTHS IN A GLASS ON A LEDGE
signed lower right: Ver Coster
oil on canvas, an oval
12¾ by 10⅝ in.; 32 by 27 cm.
The oval canvas has an old relining that is stable. The painting presents well, with a clean, flat surface and an even varnish. There are a couple of small retouchings in the background which are visible. Under ultraviolet light there are few if any retouchings visible, the details in the flowers remain in excellent state. The varnish appears slightly uneven under ultraviolet light, but in daylight it is clear with a nice patina overall. The impasto in some of the flowers, particularly the white hydrangeas, is still vibrant and in good condition. Offered in a carved giltwood frame.
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Louis Cournerie (1820-c. 1891), Paris;
His estate sale, Paris, Féral, 8-9 December 1891, lot 34;
Doistau collection, Paris;
His sale, Paris, Hotel Drouot, 5-6 March 1937, lot 32;
Private collection, Paris, by 1970;
Anonymous sale, Paris, Drouot Montaigne, 12 December 1988, lot 67;
With Stair Sainty Matthiesen Gallery, New York;
From whom acquired circa 1989.
M. Roland Michel, Anne Vallayer Coster, Paris 1970, cat. no.17, p. 111, reproduced p. 109 (possibly also cat. no. 21, listed as lost);
E. Kahng and M. Roland Michel, Anne Vallayer-Coster: Painter to the Court of Marie-Antoinette, Dallas 2002, cat. no. 125, p. 216, reproduced.
Paris, Galerie Cailleux, Peintures de la Réalité au XVIIIe siècle, 1945, no. 37;
Paris, Galerie Cailleux, Fleurs et fruits, présentation de peintures des XVIIe et XVIIIe siècles, 1968, no. 26;
Paris, Galerie Cailleux, Eloge de l'ovale, 1975, no. 42.