Jean-Baptiste PILLEMENT (Lyon 1728 - Lyon 1808)

Chinoiserie Design, with Two Seated Figures Sold

Black chalk, with touches of red chalk, and blue and red watercolour. Laid down.
376 x 308 mm. (14 3/4 x 12 1/8 in.)

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The present, highly finished sheet, drawn in red and black chalk and touches of watercolour, is likely to have been produced as a collector’s drawing in its own right, and may be dated to the 1760’s. Such charming and original compositions as this, with their immense visual appeal, were the source of much of Pillement's contemporary fame.

Among many comparable chinoiserie drawings by Pillement are two studies in The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Provenance:
Private collection, France
Anonymous sale (‘Succession de Monsieur et Madame X’), Paris, Hôtel Drouot, 22 March 2007, lot 136.

Jean-Baptiste PILLEMENT

Chinoiserie Design, with Two Seated Figures

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