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Goya as the Standard-Bearer of a "Classic" Collection

Published on , by Claire Papon and Sophie reyssat
Auction on 29 November 2022 - 14:00 (CET) - Salle 1-7 - Hôtel Drouot - 75009

Little is known about the Parisian who built this collection, which includes jewelry, that combines quality and diversity.

Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes, (1746–1828), known as Francisco de Goya, Le pide... Goya as the Standard-Bearer of a

Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes, (1746–1828), known as Francisco de Goya, Le pide cuentas la mujer al marido and La tia chorriones enciende la Oguera, two-sided sepia wash drawing titled with pen, 23 x 14 cm/9.05 x 5.51 in.
Estimate: €800,000/1,2 M

Three lots could fetch seven-figure bids, including €1.5/2.5 M for Venus with Cupid the Honey Thief—an allegorical work by Lucas Cranach the Younger that was in Prince Demidoff’s collection—and €2/3 M for a terracotta Virgin and Child by Michel Colombe, a sculptor from Tours.

A two-sided sepia wash drawing by Francisco de Goya from the B album—a series of about 100 numbered and captioned satirical drawings—will also stand out (see photo). Goya began the album in 1796 in Sanlúcar de Barrameda near Cadiz, where he was the Duchess of Alba’s guest, and completed it the following year in Madrid. When he died in 1828, his son Javier inherited the Private Albums and left most of them to his heirs. Sold to painter Federico de Madrazo, they were mounted in three volumes. Some individual drawings were purchased at an anonymous Paris auction in 1877. Five are in the Prado Museum.

The sale also included Hendrick Mommers’ c. 1669 painting View of the Seine from the Pont-Neuf (€30,000/50,000), Alexandre François Desportes’ Hunting Trophy in a Niche dated 1706 (€60,000), an album of 30 pierre noire and sepia drawings by Moreau the Younger of varied and often very gallant subjects intended to illustrate the Kehl edition of Voltaire's The Maiden of Orleans with the bookplates of bibliophiles Henri Beraldi and Raphaël Esmérian (€80,000/120,000), Prancing Horse, a 17th-18th-century bronze with a brown patina after a model by Giambologna and Pietro Tacca (€40,000/60,000), a mid-18th-century walnut commode from the Rhone Valley (€8,000/12,000) and an 18th-century "Renommées" door tapestry woven at the Gobelins factory after a model drawn in 1659–1660 by Charles Le Brun for the Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte (€30,000/50,000).

Tuesday 29 November 2022 - 14:00 (CET) - Live
Salle 1-7 - Hôtel Drouot - 75009
Auction Art Rémy Le Fur & Associés
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