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Property Sold to Benefit the Edward M. Snider Youth Hockey Supporting Organization

Jean-Honoré Fragonard

The Fountain of Love

Auction Closed

July 6, 06:35 PM GMT


200,000 - 300,000 GBP

Lot Details


Property Sold to Benefit the Edward M. Snider Youth Hockey Supporting Organization

Jean-Honoré Fragonard

Grasse 1732 - 1806 Paris

The Fountain of Love

oil on canvas

47 x 37.5 cm.; 18½ x 14¾ in.







47 x 37.5 公分;18½ x 14¾ 英寸

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Monsieur Bérend, Paris;

His sale, Paris, Chevalier, 2 December 1889, lot 4, for 4050 francs;

There acquired by Marcel Bernstein (1840–1896), Paris;

Thence by descent to Henry Bernstein (1876–1953), Paris;

Bartholoni Collection (according to the 1959 sale catalogue below);

With Wildenstein, New York;

Irwin B. Laughlin (1871–1941), Washington, D.C.;

Thence by descent to his daughter, Mrs Hubert Chanler (1914–1999), New York;

By whom sold, London, Sotheby’s, 10 June 1959, lot 22, for £3500;

With Wildenstein, New York;

From whom acquired by the late collector in 1988.

G. Bourcard, Catalogue de dessins, gouaches, estampes, tableaux du XVIIIe siècle, Paris 1893, p. 190 (as a sketch);

P. de Nolhac, J.-H. Fragonard, Paris 1906, p. 116 (as a sketch);

G. Wildenstein, The Paintings of Fragonard, London 1960, pp. 28, 308, no. 487,

reproduced fig. 200 (as a sketch);

Wallace Collection Catalogues: Pictures and Drawings, London 1968, p. 117;

D. Wildenstein and G. Mandel, L’opera completa di Fragonard, Milan 1972, p. 109, no. 518, reproduced fig. 518;

J. Ingamells, The Wallace Collection, Catalogue of Pictures, III: French before 1815, London 1985, p. 155 (as a sketch for the Wallace Collection painting);

J.-P. Cuzin, Jean-Honoré Fragonard, vie et œuvre-catalogue complet des peintures, Fribourg and Paris 1987, p. 332, no. 374, and p. 332, under no. 373, reproduced p. 212, fig. 263;

D. Sutton, ‘Selected Prefaces: Jean-Honoré Fragonard: The World as Illusion’, Apollo, CXXV, February 1987, 300, pp. 112–113, reproduced p. 111, fig. 10;

P. Rosenberg, Tout l’œuvre peint de Fragonard, Paris 1989, p. 118, no. 409;

C. Bailey, in 1789: French Art During the Revolution, exh. cat., New York 1989, pp. 190–94, no. 190, reproduced;

A. Molotiu, in Fragonard’s Allegories of Love, exh. cat., Los Angeles 2007, pp. 37, 40–41, reproduced p. 40, fig. 30 (as a sketch).