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François Bonvin

Nature morte à la bougie

François Bonvin

François Bonvin

Nature morte à la bougie

Nature morte à la bougie

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François Bonvin

1817 - 1887

Nature morte à la bougie


signed and dated Fr. Bonvin 1878 (lower left)

oil on panel

panel: 7½ by 9 4/5 in.; 19 by 25 cm

framed: 12¾ by 15 1/5 in.; 32.3 by 38.6 cm

The panel is in good condition. The paint surface is stable and in excellent condition. Under UV light, retouching visible to all edges and in small areas scattered throughout, notably to the handle of the seal, left of the candle, in the candleholder at right, and in the background at center left and right. Varnish fluoresces green.


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with Stoppenbach & Delestre, London
Private collection
Sale: Christie's, London, 22 May 2013, lot 2

Largely confined indoors by illness, Bonvin focused almost exclusively on intimate still lives of domestic objects in the last years of his career. This small still life is a celebration of materials and making centered on correspondence with an air of privacy if not secrecy: sheets of paper, a block of wax, a wooden-handled seal, and the still smoking candle whose heat helps bind the various elements together. The recently extinguished flame--a familiar motif from vanitas still life paintings--suggests the physical presence of an unseen figure and marks a particular moment in time: a poignant reminder of the fleeting nature of life and by contrast the lasting power of the written word.