JEAN-BAPTISTE-MARIE PIERRE | A SCULPTOR IN HIS STUDIO
Paris 1714 - 1789
A SCULPTOR IN HIS STUDIO
signed and dated lower left: Pierre 1748
oil on canvas
16 by 12⅝ in.; 40.5 by 32 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, email@example.com, an independent restorer who is not an employee of Sotheby's.
This work has been restored. The varnish is slightly dull. The painting is clean and retouched. Retouches are very accurately applied to some thinness in the darker colors at the top of the columns in the upper center. The standing figure of the child on the left side has received a few retouches in the dark colors of his tunic, and immediately to the left of his head and shoulders. The sculpture on the right shows no retouches, but some of the darker colors beneath it have received a few well applied dots. The seated sculpture of the sculptor is in excellent condition, showing only retouches to a few cracks beneath the figure. If the varnish were adjusted, the work could be hung in its current state.
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Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, sculptor and Rector of the Académie des Beaux-Arts (1704-1778), Paris;
His estate sale, Le Brun, Paris, 10 August 1778, lot 17 (sold in the same lot as a pendant to L'Atelier du peintre by François Boucher, fig. 1);
Where acquired by his son Pierre-Hippolyte Lemoyne (1748-1828), Paris;
His estate sale, Duchesne, Paris, 19 May 1828, lot 75;
Anonymous sale, Paris, Hotel Drouot, Ader, 26 March 1953, lot 111;
New York art market;
Private collection, New York, by 1985;
By whom sold, New York, Sotheby's, 20 May 1993, lot 40 (where reproduced on the cover of the catalogue);
J-B. Le Blanc, Lettre sur l'exposition des ouvrages de peinture, sculpture, etc. de l'année 1747. Et en général sur l'utilité de ce genre d'Expositions. A Monsieur R.D.R., Paris 1747, reprinted Slatkine Reprints, Geneva 1970, p. 81;
L. Réau, Histoire de la peinture français du XVIIIe siècle, Paris-Brussels 1927, p. 49;
M. Halbout, J.B.M. Pierre, vie et oeuvre, essai de catalogue des peintures et des dessins, Paris 1970, cat. no. 35;
O. Aaron, "Pierre, Premier peintre du roi," in L'Estampille-L'Objet d'Art, June 1995, p. 47, reproduced;
N. Lesur and O. Aaron, Jean-Baptiste Marie Pierre 1714 - 1789: Premier peintre du roi, Paris 2009, cat. no. P.94, pp. 248-9, reproduced pp. 183 and 249.
Marie-Madeleine Igonet, May 1752 (as a pendant to L'Atelier du peintre after the painting by François Boucher).
Probably Paris, Salon of 1747, no. 56.