Henri Joseph Harpignies (1819 - 1916)
Two Vases of Flowers Sold
Watercolour, pen and brown ink, over an underdrawing in pencil. Signed with the artist’s initials h.h at the lower left.231 x 293 mm. (9 1/8 x 11 1/2 in.)ENQUIRE
This charming drawing is part of a group of watercolour studies of floral still lives and interior scenes that were given by Harpignies to his pupil, the Comtesse de Kermaingant, in 1884, and which were intended as ‘leçons et conseils’ to aid in her studies as an amateur watercolourist. Harpignies had begun giving lessons to the Countess, whom he described as ‘ma charmante et intelligent elève’, in the early 1870’s, and indeed he seems to have had a number of wealthy pupils and patrons. The Kermaingant drawings were dispersed at auction in Paris in 1970, and several examples appeared on the London art market in 1975 and 1976.
Given by the artist to Marguerite, Comtesse de Kermaingant, in October 1884Thence by descent until sold, Paris, Hôtel Drouot, 25 May 1970, lot 42 (‘Deux vases de roses’).