Sale 18AM01 | Lot 1

Thomas Bludget de Valdenuit

Catalogue: American Paintings, Furniture & Decorative Arts

Lot Details

Lot 1
Thomas Bludget de Valdenuit
American/French, 1763-1846
Portrait of a Young Man, Believed to be Benjamin Woolsey Rogers, in Profile
Signed Vald, dated 1797 (ll), inscribed illegibly (ur), and dated 1797 on the reverse
Chalk on pink prepared paper
19 x 14 inches

Born in France, Thomas Bludget de Valdenuit came to America in the aftermath of the French Revolution, joining forces with his fellow countryman, Charles Balthazar Julien Fevret de Saint-Memin to create profile portraits with a physiognotrace. Invented in France in 1783-84, the device was designed to mechanically trace a sitter's portrait in profile. The partners offered a package deal: a silhouette portrait executed in black chalk on pink toned paper, a small engraved metal plate, and a dozen engravings. In their partnership, Valdenuit drew the initial likeness, and Saint-Memin produced the plate and prints. The business arrangement ended in September 1797 when Valdenuit returned to France.

The present work is believed to depict Benjamin Woolsey Rogers (1765-1859), part of a prosperous New York family that made a substantial fortune from the importation of hardware. Rogers himself served as a governor of New York Hospital and was a founder of the Bloomingdale Asylum for the Insane. An engraving of Rogers by Saint-Memin dated 1796 may possibly relate to the present work.


Estimate: $1,200 - $1,800
Sold for $2,812 (includes buyer's premium)

Additional Notes & Condition Report

There is a repaired 1/4 inch hole in the sitter's hair, center right. There is a two inch repaired tear at the center left and a few repaired tears and losses at the lower left. At the center right edge there is a one inch crease. The work has been lined at the edges for reinforcment.


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Estimate: $1,200 - $1,800
Sold for $2,812 (includes buyer's premium)

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American Paintings, Furniture & Decorative Arts

Wed, Apr 18, 2018 at 10am EDT
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