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66

Attributed to Amable Paul Coutan

Castor and Pollux saving Helen

UK: Greenford Park Warehouse

Estimate:

8,000

to
- 12,000 GBP

Attributed to Amable Paul Coutan

Attributed to Amable Paul Coutan

Castor and Pollux saving Helen

Castor and Pollux saving Helen

Estimate:

8,000

to
- 12,000 GBP

Lot sold:

94,500

GBP

Attributed to Amable Paul Coutan

Paris 1792 - 1837

Castor and Pollux saving Helen


oil on canvas

unframed: 103.5 x 146.6 cm.; 44 1/2 x 58 in.

framed: 125.5 x 157.2 cm.; 49 7/8 x 62 in.

The canvas is lined, the paint surface is slightly dirty, and the varnish is slightly discoloured. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals retouchings and strengthenings scattered throughout the background - with more concentrated patches in the lower left and upper right quadrants. There are also some retouchings scattered in the legs, arms and cloaks of Castor and Pollux, as well as a few fine lines in their faces, and also in the cloak, face (and shadows around it) of the female figure furthest right. None of these impede the legibility of the image which is ready to hang in its current state.


The lot is sold in the condition it is in at the time of sale. The condition report is provided to assist you with assessing the condition of the lot and is for guidance only. Any reference to condition in the condition report for the lot does not amount to a full description of condition. The images of the lot form part of the condition report for the lot. Certain images of the lot provided online may not accurately reflect the actual condition of the lot. In particular, the online images may represent colors and shades which are different to the lot's actual color and shades. The condition report for the lot may make reference to particular imperfections of the lot but you should note that the lot may have other faults not expressly referred to in the condition report for the lot or shown in the online images of the lot. The condition report may not refer to all faults, restoration, alteration or adaptation. The condition report is a statement of opinion only. For that reason, the condition report is not an alternative to taking your own professional advice regarding the condition of the lot. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS ONLINE CONDITION REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE/BUSINESS APPLICABLE TO THE RESPECTIVE SALE.

Anonymous sale, London, Sotheby’s, 27 November 1991, lot 180, where acquired.

This painting was presented at the 1817 edition of the prestigious Prix de Rome, an annual competition where the best disciples of the Académie de France competed for a bursary to study in Rome.


Amable Paul Coutan was a disciple of Antoine-Jean Gros and was among the participants of the Prix de Rome in 1817. As a notable pupil of the Académie Royal, Coutan participated several times before winning in 1820, with his painting of Achilles Giving Nestor the Prize of Wisdom