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Circle of Jean Jacques François Monanteuil

Portrait of a man in a red hat, said to be a "jeune Grec" or possibly Hassan el Berberi

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Circle of Jean Jacques François Monanteuil

Circle of Jean Jacques François Monanteuil

Portrait of a man in a red hat, said to be a "jeune Grec" or possibly Hassan el Berberi

Portrait of a man in a red hat, said to be a "jeune Grec" or possibly Hassan el Berberi

Estimate:

8,000

to
- 12,000 USD

Lot sold:

21,420

USD

Sold Without Reserve

Circle of Jean Jacques François Monanteuil

Mortagne-au-Perche 1785 - 1860 Le Mans

Portrait of a man in a red hat, said to be a "jeune Grec" or possibly Hassan el Berberi


oil on canvas, unlined

canvas: 23 ¾ by 19 ½ in.; 60.3 by 49.5 cm. 

framed: 28 ¼ by 23 ⅞ in.; 71.8 by 60.5 cm. 

The canvas is unlined and stable. Overall the painting appears very fresh, with bright colors and vibrant brushwork. Impasto remains in a a number of areas. The background has some thinness and unevenness to it, though it is possible this is how it was originally intended. The edges have some abrasion from the frame but have been repainted. Under ultraviolet light one can see small, scattered retouching in the background as well as a few carefully applied areas of inpainting in the figure, including in the shadow of his proper left cheek, in some of the white areas of his costume, and one small area of the forehead. These are not bothersome or noticeable to the naked eye. The painting can be hung as is. Offered in a carved giltwood frame.


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The prime version of this striking portrait by Montaneuil, dated 1830 and later engraved by B.R. Julien, is in a private collection.1  It has been suggested that the sitter is the same gentleman depicted by Claude-Marie Dubufe in a 1826-7 portrait now in the Louvre, possibly identifiable as Hassan El-Berberi, the primary keeper of the giraffe famously sent from Egypt to King Charles X.2


1. Oil on canvas, 57.5 by 47.5 cm. With Marty de Cambiare, 2018. See W. Elliot, "An exotic visitor to Paris: context and possible identities for Claude-Marie Dubufe's portrait," in Colnaghi Studies Journal, March 2020, pp. 178-9, fig. 13. 

2. For further details on the possible identification of the sitter of the Dubufe portrait and its relationship to the present composition, see Ibid., pp. 170-183.