From Paris to China
The 18th century takes centre stage
On the first day of the Paris Tableau show, which opens in the French capital on 7 November, Artcurial proposes an excellent programme, offering in particular a “Saint Famille” on copper by François Boucher (€200,000/300,000) commissioned by the cabinet of the Marquis de Calvière. The work was met with praise when it went on display at the 1748 Salon. Eighteenth-century French art takes centre stage at the auction: it will be represented by Nicolas-JeanBaptiste Raguenet, a famous Parisian vedutist of whom the Carnavalet Museum has several important paintings. Here, the Ile de la Cité, Pont Neuf and the Samaritaine pump round out a view of the Ile Saint Louis, two paintings appraised at €80,000/120,000 each. As in the Carnavalet work, the 1777 “La Chaussée du Pont-Neuf”, Raguenet plays on the immensity of the bright sky, painstaking architectural details and small figures in the foreground to compose a faithful yet poetic image of 18th-century Paris snatched up by enlightened tourists of the time.
GAZETTE DROUOT INTERNATIONAL I N° 19