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Charles-Antoine Coypel

The fortune teller

Property from a Distinguished European Collection

Charles-Antoine Coypel

Charles-Antoine Coypel

The fortune teller

The fortune teller

Property from a Distinguished European Collection

Charles-Antoine Coypel

Paris 1694 - 1752

The fortune teller


oil on canvas

canvas: 35 by 27 in.; 89 by 68.6 cm. 

framed: 46 ½ by 37 ½ in.; 118.1 by 95.3 cm. 

The canvas is planar and stable with an old glue relining. There is a varnish which has yellowed and lost some of its gloss; under ultraviolet light it appears slightly uneven and quite milky, making it difficult to see if there are old restorations beneath. The paint layer is in very good condition, with areas of lively brushwork with impasto still evident throughout the canvas. The face of the third figure in the center has faded, it is likely that it was thinly painted to begin with and the layers of dirt in the varnish are also making it difficult to see. A clean would likely transform the picture, as it appears to be in very good condition beneath the dirty varnish. Offered in a carved giltwood frame.


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Ange-Laurent de La Live de Jully (1725-1779), Paris, by 1764;
His sale, Paris, 2-14 May 1770, lot 81 (catalogue by Pierre Rémy);
There acquired for 160 livres by Eberts;
Private collection, Paris, since the 1950s;
By whom sold, New York, Christie's, 27 January 2000, lot 17;
There acquired. 
P.-J. Mariette, Catalogue historique du Cabinet de peinture et sculpture françoise de M. de Lalive, Paris 1764, pp. 14-15;
M. Hébert, Dictionnaire pittoresque et historique, ou Description d'architecture, Peinture, sculpture...de Paris, Versailles, Marly..., 1766, I, p. 118;
A. Siret, Dictionnaire des peintures de toutes les écoles depuis l'origine de la peinture jusqu'à nos jours, 1833 (second edition 1866), p. 225;
C. Blanc, Histoire des peintres de toutes les écoles. Ecole française, 1862, II, p. 8;
L. Courajod, Livre-journal de Lazare Duvaux, marchand-bijoutier ordinaire du roi (1748-1758), 1873, I, p. 281;
R. James, Painters and their works, a dictionary of great artists who are not now alive, giving their names, lives and the prices paid for their works at auction, 1896, p. 247;
H. Mireur, Dictionnaire des ventes d'art faites en France et à l'étranger pendant les XVIIIe et XIXe siècles, Paris 1902, II, p. 305;
I. Jamieson, Charles-Antoine Coypel, premier peintre de Louis XV et auteur dramatique (1694-1752), sa vie et son oeuvre artistique et littéraire d'après des documents inédits, suivies d'une de ses comédies inédites, Paris 1930, pp. 1-2;
C. B. Bailey, Ange-Laurent de La Live de La Jully: A Facsimile Reprint of the Catalogue Historique (1764) and the Catalogue Raisonné des Tableaux (March 5, 1770), New York 1988, pp. XLVIII-XLIX, 14-15, 42;
T. Lefranois, Charles Coypel, Peintre du roi (1694-1752), Paris 1994, p. 398, no. P377 (as lost).