Henri Fantin-Latour (French, 1836-1904)
Signed "Fantin" u.r., dated "Avril 1863" u.l., numbered "4071" and with a canvas stencil from Tableaux Modernes, Paris, on the reverse.
Oil on canvas, 18 1/2 x 18 1/8 in. (47.0 x 46.0 cm), framed.
Condition: Lined, possible old retouch to background.
Provenance: M.V.B. Hill; Christie's London, February 20, 1959, Lot 31; Anonymous sale; Sotheby's London, July 5, 1961, Lot 109; O'Hanna Gallery, London (acquired at the above sale); Hirschl & Adler Galleries, Inc., New York; Private Collection (acquired from the above in 1967); Christie's New York, Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Art, November 9, 1999, Sale 9222, Lot 229; to the current private Massachusetts collection.
Literature: Mme. Fantin-Latour, Catalogue de l'oeuvre complet de Fantin-Latour (Paris, 1911) p. 31, no. 221 (Provenance: Sold in London in 1906).
Exhibitions: Finch College Museum of Art, New York, Still Life Painters: Pieter Aertsen to Georges Braque, February-May, 1965, p. 7, no. 35 (illustrated p. 42).
N.B. A print-out of the auction record from Christie's 1999 auction referenced above accompanies the lot.
Christie's auction labels on the stretcher and frame. Other miscellaneous numbers/inscriptions on the stretcher, including a fragmentary blue label with the number "7812D..." and a chalk inscription, perhaps "Cl Varn."
Framed dimensions are 26 x 25 1/2 in.
There is an area of thin pigment about 5 inches up from the lower left corner and measuring about three inches overall. The surface of the painting is not totally smooth in the u.l. corner, but nothing fluoresces there at this point. Lining was done long enough ago that it is hard to determine exactly if or where any in-painting was done.
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