(Toulon 1681 - Paris 1736)
Design for a Decorative Motif: A Partially Draped Young Woman Holding a Sconce Aloft
A faint partial inscription in French in pencil at the top.
149 x 79 mm. (5 7/8 x 3 1/8 in.)
Although no signed drawings by François-André Vassé are known, an understanding of his draughtsmanship is provided by several drawings reasonably attributed to him, as well as engravings known to be after his designs. Drawings that have been convincingly attributed to Vassé include designs for an altar at Notre Dame of 1711-1712, a chimneypiece for a palace in Madrid, probably executed between 1713 and 1715, and several studies for the walls, ceiling and trophies of the gallery of the Hôtel de Toulouse in Paris of 1718, as well as a design for a clock of c.1734.
Alastair Laing has suggested that this drawing may be the work of François-Antoine Vassé, and is possibly a study for a chimneypiece in the Hôtel de Toulouse in Paris. Formerly the Hôtel de La Vrillière, the Hôtel de Toulouse was remodelled, under the direction of the architect Robert de Cotte, between 1714 and 1719 for Louis-Alexandre de Bourbon, Comte de Toulouse. Vassé is known to have worked extensively at the Hôtel de Toulouse, and is credited with the design of much of the galerie of the building, constructed in 1718.
A somewhat comparable design by Vassé for a wall candelabrum with a faun, in pen and ink, is in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.
P. & D. Colnaghi, London
Private collection, Middlesex
Thence by descent.