Sale 22CN01 | Lot 42

Louis-Auguste Brun, called Brun de Versoix

Catalogue: Old Master Paintings/English & Continental Furniture, Silver & Decorations

Lot Details

Lot 42
Louis-Auguste Brun, called Brun de Versoix
Swiss, 1758-1815
M. Paul-Benjamin de Lessert on Horseback, 1780
Oil on canvas
29 1/4 x 37 inches (44.4 x 94 cm)
Provenance:
Collection of M. and Mme. de Lessert
By inheritance to their grandson, M. Gaston de Lessert, Geneva
M. René de Lessert, Chateau de Vincy, Rolle (Vaud, Switzerland)
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Audibert, New York
Mr. and Mrs. John Howell, Greenwich, CT
[Sale] William Doyle Galleries, Inc., New York, January 11, 1978, lot 285
Acquired at the above sale by the present owner
Literature:
Daisy Agassiz, Louis Auguste Brun, 1758-1815: un peintre suisse à la Cour de Louis XVI (Lausanne Editions, R. Freudweiler-Spiro, Vaudois, 1931), illus. between pp. 6 and 7
Joseph Raymond Fournier-Sarlovèze, Louis Auguste Brun: peintre de Marie-Antoinette (Paris, 1911), pp. 85-88
Engraved:
By Robin de Montigny, ca. 1785

Born in the village of Rolle in the Swiss canton of Vaud, Louis Auguste Brun is best known today for the landscapes and portraits that he painted at the French court during the 1780s. The two portraits offered here, executed in 1780 while the artist was still living in his native Vaud, depict an upper-class couple of that region who were his patrons. The artist's earliest known equestrian portraits, they became the pattern for a number of similar images of the Royal Family and higher nobility of France., including two magnificent equestrian portraits of Marie-Antoinette, one of which is still at Versailles.


Estimate: $10,000 - $15,000

Additional Notes & Condition Report

Glue relined. Two large area of restoration in the sky in the upper right quadrant; other smaller areas elsewhere in the sky. Scattered areas of restoration to the sitter's face and clothing; to the horse and to the landscape. These all carried out to a high professional standard.


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Old Master Paintings/English & Continental Furniture, Silver & Decorations

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