Augustin de SAINT-AUBIN (Paris 1736 - Paris 1807)

Portrait of a Young Girl in Profile Sold

Black chalk, brush and brown ink and brown wash, with touches of red chalk.
Laid down on an 18th century French mount, with the anonymous mountmaker’s drystamp ARD (Lugt 172) at the lower right of the mount.
174 x 150 mm. (6 7/8 x 5 7/8 in.)


Although unsigned, the present sheet is likely to have been drawn as a finished work of art, and intended for sale to a collector. This is further suggested by the fact that the drawing retains its original 18th century mount - stamped by the French mountmaker known only by his initials ARD - and was probably displayed as a work of art within the artist’s lifetime.

This drawing bears the shop label of the Parisian firm Boin-Taburet on the old backing board. Established in 1873 through a partnership between the antique dealer Georges Boin and the jeweler Emile Taburet, Maison Boin-Taburet was based at 3, rue Pasquier in Paris. The firm produced exceptional pieces of silver and metalwork, furniture and decorative objects, and won a gold medal at the Exposition Universelle in Paris in 1889. The following year, Boin went into partnership with the silversmith Henry and the name of the firm was changed to Boin et Henry Orfèvres. The drawing later belonged to the French art historian André Blum (1881-1963).

Maison Boin-Taburet collection, Paris (with their printed label, inscribed XVIIIe / St. Aubin in red ink on the old backing board)
André Blum
William H. Schab Gallery, New York
Christian Humann, New York
His posthumous sale, New York, Sotheby’s, 30 April 1982, lot 91 (as Danloux)
Pauline and Martin Alexander.

Augustin de SAINT-AUBIN

Portrait of a Young Girl in Profile


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