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Saint Augustine's Glory in Philippe de Champaigne's Workshop

On 15 October 2021, by Philippe Dufour

Having been heralded by an impressive attribution, this large canvas depicting one of the most famous Doctors of the Church has triggered an unexpected bidding battle.

Saint Augustine's Glory in Philippe de Champaigne's Workshop

Workshop of Philippe de Champaigne (1602-1674), Saint Augustin. Under his right foot are three figures of heresiarchs: Pelagius, Celestius, and Julian of Eclanum (?), oil on canvas mounted on oak panel, 39 x 31 in (100 x 80 cm).
Result: €186,620

A portrayal of Saint Augustine (39 x 31 in/100 x 80 cm) was the star attraction because it had been attributed to Philippe de Champaigne's workshop and is a high-quality version of a smaller 1642 original painting held at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. So, the painting rose to €186,620 from a maximum estimate of €7,000. This very inspired composition displays some variations compared to the California model: It would appear that the great saint from Hippo is treading on the actual heresiarchs Pelagius, Celestius and Julian of Eclanum (a monk and his disciples), in flesh and blood, rather than their works...

We came down from these mystical heights to appreciate a more affordable Louis XVI style four-legged pedestal table in bronze and gilded brass, resting on sheathed uprights and fluted base, joined with curved support and carved with pearls. The caryatids supporting the mica top are particularly remarkable; and for this work of the second half of the 19th century in the taste of Adam Weisweiler (h. 75 cm/29.5 in, diam. 50 cm/19.6 in), it fetched €6,020. We ended on a touch of the exotic, with a delicate group in red coral, carved with a young woman standing carrying a basket full of flowers, accompanied by a phoenix. Dating to the early 20th century, the piece (927 g, 37 x 27 x 8 cm/14.5 x 10.6 x 3.1 in) garnered €6,260.

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