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601

François Habert

A still life of flowers set on a table with a carpet, a music book and a dog seated on a pillow

Estimate:

40,000

to
- 60,000 USD

Property from the Estate of Alexis Gregory, sold to benefit the Alexis Gregory Foundation

François Habert

François Habert

A still life of flowers set on a table with a carpet, a music book and a dog seated on a pillow

A still life of flowers set on a table with a carpet, a music book and a dog seated on a pillow

Estimate:

40,000

to
- 60,000 USD

Property from the Estate of Alexis Gregory, sold to benefit the Alexis Gregory Foundation

François Habert

Active in Paris, mid-17th century

A still life of flowers set on a table with a carpet, a music book and a dog seated on a pillow


signed and dated upper right: F. Habert 1649 

oil on canvas

canvas: 44 3/4 by 56 in.; 113.7 by 142.3 cm.

framed: 53 1/2 by 64 1/2 in.; 135.9 by 263.8 cm. 

The canvas has been relined. There is a craqueleure pattern throughout and in a few areas the paint layer is lifting slightly, most noticeably at center in the flowers. At bottom right there is an area of paint loss, visible to the naked eye. The varnish has become uneven and has dulled in certain areas, though the colors of the paint layer beneath remain vibrant. There are areas of restoration throughout the canvas which flouresce under ultraviolet light, most noticeably on the right edge and along the top edge. There are also some larger areas of inpainting to the right of the music book at right. These restorations have blanched slightly so many of them are visible if looking carefully with the naked eye. Offered in a carved giltwood frame.


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Anonymous sale, Monaco, Sotheby's, 6 December 1987, lot 74 (as F*** Habert);
There acquired. 

A pupil of the famous still life painter Jan Davidsz de Heem, François Habert was active in Paris from about 1643-1652, though little is known about his life, including whether he was French or Flemish. As Eric Coatalem notes, the prices listed for his paintings in 18th century inventories indicate that he was an important and successful artist.Both Dutch and Flemish influences are evident in this grand and complex composition, which he has proudly signed at right.  Habert's paintings, of which only a handful are known today, range from smaller and more simple still lifes to large-scale, grand tablescapes with ornate fabrics, food, and objects such as the present painting.


1. E. Coatalem, La nature morte française au XVIIe siècle, Dijon 2014, p. 184.