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Lot 39*
Henri Fantin-Latour
(French, 1836-1904)
Roses
Sold for £ 248,750 (US$ 314,813) inc. premium

Lot Details
Henri Fantin-Latour (French, 1836-1904)
Roses
signed 'Fantin' (lower right)
oil on canvas
40.6 x 33cm (16 x 13in).
Painted in 1899

Footnotes

  • We are grateful to Galerie Brame & Lorenceau for confirming the authenticity of the present lot, which will be included in the Catalogue raisonné des peintures et pastels de Fantin-Latour, currently in preparation.

    Provenance
    Gustave Tempelaere, Paris.
    Allard & Noël, Paris.
    M. Henri Darrasse Collection; Sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, 6 December 1909, lot 38.
    Javal (acquired from the above sale).
    Gimpel Fils, London.
    Arthur Tooth & Sons Ltd., London, by 1953.
    Private collection, Canada (acquired from the above).
    Thence by descent.

    Literature
    Mme. Fantin-Latour, Catalogue de l'oeuvre complet de Fantin-Latour, 1849-1904, Paris, 1911, no. 1772, p. 189.


    The present lot is a wonderful example of Fantin-Latour's mastery as a still-life painter. Although the artist produced a wider array of subjects, working in oils, pastels and lithography, it was through flower painting that the artist achieved his greatest critical and commercial success. Thought to have produced over 500 flower pieces, Fantin-Latour's work was especially successful in England, where he was a prolific exhibitor at the Royal Academy, showing 81 works -the majority of which were flower paintings- between 1862 and 1900.

    The sale of Henri Darrasse's estate in 1909 included twelve works by Fantin-Latour. The sale also included works by many of Fantin-Latour's important contemporaries, such as Boudin, Chaplin, Corot, Daumier, Delacroix, Helleu, Lepine, Puvis de Chavanne and Rousseau. Emmanuel-Alfred Beurdeley (1847-1919) was a collector, antique dealer and one of the most important Parisian cabinetmakers at the time. He retired in 1895 and for the rest of his life he acquired and sold a large number of paintings, drawings and pieces of furniture. Beurdeley annotated a copy of the 1909 Hôtel Drouot sale catalogue with his opinions, buyers names and prices. At the entry of the present lot, he has made a note that the work sold for 6000 francs to Javal, and made the comment 'Beau'.
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