Elaborating on my favourite subject of gardens, we move onto Nicolas Lancret
, a 17th century French painter.
There were few surprises among the top lots of the $48.3m evening sale of Old Master paintings, although the allegorical conversation piece Winter, identified as an early Nicolas Lancret
, was among several works which sold over estimate, this one for a record $2.7m.
Less translunary and less profound are the Pastoral Scene of Boucher, who revered Watteau, and The Swing by Nicolas Lancret
, who was Watteau's pupil.
This sometimes took outlandish form, as when the Duc d'Antin (who was then in charge of all royal patronage) commissioned Warteau's follower Nicolas Lancret
to depict Louis XV's Polish-born bride and her entourage bogged down in the mud on the way to her wedding in 1725: The painter was instructed just how to represent the various humiliations of the ladies-in-waiting and to "include the most grotesque and messy details he can."
Jointly organized by the American Federation of Arts and the Musee Picardie, Amiens, the exhibition comprises 76 paintings--many quite magnificent--including the works of familiar masters such as Francois Boucher, Jean-Simeon Chardin, Jean-Honore Fragonard, Nicolas Lancret
, and Hubert Robert.
Presiding here is a very, very dirty, but rather magical early fetegalante by Nicolas Lancret
Derek Johns, for instance, sold an early oil on panel fete galante, Charmes de la conversation, by Nicolas Lancret
(1690-1743), to a French collector (asking price 125,000[euro]) and Galerie Jacques Leegenhoek found a buyer for a baroque oil by Nicolas Tournier (1590-1639), entitled Trio de musiciens.
It was Christie's, however, who fielded the stronger sale and established a battery of new auction records, which ranged from works by Agnolo Gaddi in the fourteenth century to Nicolas Lancret
and Jean-Joseph-Xavier Bidauld in the eighteenth.
(1) Mary Taverner Holmes, Nicolas Lancret