Aignan-Thomas DESFRICHES (Orléans 1715 - Orléans 1800)

Horsemen in a Landscape with Classical Ruins

Black chalk, brush and grey ink and grey wash, with extensive scratching-out, on prepared grey-blue paper, backed.
Signed and dated Desfriches 1783 at the lower left.
87 x 145 mm. (3 3/8 x 5 3/4 in.)
 

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A fine and fresh example of a particular type of drawing adopted by the artist in the latter part of his career. Using a coated grey-blue paper he had invented, known as a papier à tablettes, Desfriches produced landscape drawings of marvelous precision and delicacy. These drawings, often mounted on wooden snuffboxes, were regularly presented by the artist to particular friends.
 

Provenance:
An 18th century Parisian dealer’s label reading ‘Au Marechal de Logis / Porte Royale du Louvre / Vallée / vend et achette toutes sortes d'Estampes / Anciennes et modernes, et tient un assor- / tîment général de ce qui concerne son état. / A Paris’ on the reverse of the old backing board
Anonymous sale, London, Sotheby’s, 14 April 1999, part of lot 119
P. & D. Colnaghi, London, in 1999
Private collection, Middlesex
Thence by descent.
 

Aignan-Thomas DESFRICHES

Horsemen in a Landscape with Classical Ruins

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