François-Antoine VASSÉ (Toulon 1681 - Paris 1736)

Design for a Decorative Motif: A Partially Draped Young Woman Holding a Sconce Aloft

Red chalk, with touches of black chalk.
A faint partial inscription in French in pencil at the top.
149 x 79 mm. (5 7/8 x 3 1/8 in.)
 

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This would appear to be a design for the corner of a fireplace or desk, or perhaps a wall candelabrum.

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. 

A somewhat comparable design by Vassé for a wall candelabrum with a faun, in pen and ink, is in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.

 

Provenance:
Anonymous sale, London, Sotheby’s, 2 July 1997, lot 222 (as French School, 18th Century)
P. & D. Colnaghi, London
Private collection, Middlesex
Thence by descent.
 

François-Antoine VASSÉ

Design for a Decorative Motif: A Partially Draped Young Woman Holding a Sconce Aloft

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