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.)
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.
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.