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La Fille de la Nymphe - 19th Century French Belle Epoque Oil Painting Portrait
£9950

‘Une Fille de la Nymphe’ by Auguste-Émile Pinchart (1842-1920). This fine late 19th century oil on canvas is signed by the artist and presented in a superb quality, bespoke gold metal leaf frame.

 

The painting depicts a girl teasing a bust of the god Pan with a reed. In Greek mythology, when the lustful Pan attempted to seduce a nymph by the name of Syrinx, she ran to a nearby river and asked for assistance from the water nymphs, the Naiads. As Pan reached out to grab Syrinx the Naiads transformed her into a cluster of water reeds. When Pan let out a frustrated sigh, his breath blew across the hollow reeds producing a haunting tune. These reeds became the Pipes of Pan.

 

All our paintings are sold in the finest condition they can be for their age having just been professionally cleaned, conserved and re-varnished. Clients should also note that tracked and signed for international shipping is complimentary.

 

Auguste-Émile Pinchart studied in Paris under Jean-Léon Gérôme, and achieved considerable financial success after signing a contract with the pre-eminent French art dealer Jean-Baptiste Goupil. Pinchart exhibited at the Salon in Paris between 1864 and 1893, receiving an honourable mention in 1883 and medal the following year. In 1905 he became a member of the Société des Artistes Français.

 

Dimensions: (framed) 66cm x 76cm (26” x 30”)

Dimensions: (canvas only) 51cm x 61cm (20” x 24”)

Medium: Oil on canvas.

Provenance: Private European collection.

Presentation: Newly commissioned bespoke gold metal leaf frame. All of the new frames we commission are especially made for us to order by one of the UK’s top period frame makers.

Condition: Excellent. Newly professionally cleaned, restored, and re-varnished. Ready to hang.

 

Artists: Auguste-Emile Pinchart 1842-1920
L'Extase - 19th Century French Belle Epoque Portrait Oil Painting
£19950

This is a large fine 19th century oil painting portrait of a young society beauty depicted en déshabillé by the eminent French Academic painter Charles Joshua Chaplin (1825-1891). ‘L’Extase’ is inscribed by the artist verso and sold in a superb quality, newly commissioned, bespoke gold metal leaf neoclassical frame. As one of his most popular paintings, Chaplin painted several versions of this same portrait but this is the finest example I have come across.

As with all of the original antique oil paintings we sell it is offered in excellent condition, having just been professionally cleaned and re-varnished. Clients should also note that tracked and signed for international shipping is complimentary.

Chaplin’s celebrated portraits of young Belle Epoque beauties are reminiscent of the 18th century romanticism of Thomas Gainsborough (1727-1788) and François Boucher (1703–1770) and established him as one of the foremost French academic painters of the period. By the late 1850’s Chaplin was being inundated with commissions from the French aristocracy requesting portraits of their wives and daughters. Empress Eugénie, wife of Napoleon III, was also a big fan and appointed him an artist of the court. Her and her husband’s enthusiastic support would soon come in especially useful when, in 1859, the Chaplin’s portrait ‘Aurora’ was banned by the judges of the Salon for being “too erotically suggestive”. The disqualification order was subsequently overturned when Napoleon III himself sprung to Chaplin’s defence.

During his lifetime Chaplin was awarded numerous medals at the Paris Salon and in 1865 he was declared a Chevalier and later Officer of la Légion d’Honneur (1881). Today, works by Charles Chaplin are held in the collections of the Louvre in Paris, the Hermitage in St Petersburg, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Dimensions: (framed) 92cm x 68cm (36¼” x 26¾”)
Dimensions: (canvas only) 73cm x 49cm (28¾” x 19¼”)
Medium: Oil on canvas.
Provenance: Private UK collection.
Presentation: Newly commissioned bespoke gold metal leaf frame. All of the new frames we commission are especially made for us to order by one of the UK’s top period frame makers.
Condition: Excellent. Newly professionally cleaned, restored, and re-varnished. Ready to hang.

Artists: Charles Joshua Chaplin 1825-1991
La Coquette - 19th Century French Belle Epoque Portrait of Parisienne Girl
£8950

‘La Coquette’ by Virgilio Tojetti (1851-1901). The painting -which depicts a young brunette reclining in a lavender chiffon wrap – is signed by the artist ‘Virgilio Tojetti, Rome’ and hangs in a superb quality gold metal leaf frame.

 

As with all of the original antique oil paintings we sell it is offered in excellent condition, having just been professionally cleaned, restored and re-varnished. Clients should also note that tracked and signed for international shipping is complimentary.

 

Italian-born painter Virgilio Tojetti moved to Paris in the 1860s to study with Jean-Léon Gérôme and William Bouguereau. In 1870 he moved to live and work in the US, first in San Francisco, before settling in New York in 1883 where he painted important murals in the Savoy Hotel and Hoffman House. He exhibited with the Boston Art Club, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and the Brooklyn Art Association. Tojetti’s work was also much in demand back in Rome where he was commissioned by both Pope Gregory XVI and Pius IX.

 

Dimensions: (framed) 69cm x 79cm (27” x 31”)

Dimensions: (canvas only) 51cm x 61cm (20” x 24”)

Medium: Oil on canvas.

Provenance: Fine private collection of Pittsburgh family.

Presentation: Newly commissioned bespoke gold metal leaf frame. All of the new frames we commission are especially made for us to order by one of the UK’s top period frame makers.

Condition: Excellent. Newly professionally cleaned, lined, restored, and re-varnished. Ready to hang.

Artists: Virgilio Tojetti 1851-1901
The Lute Player - 19th Century French Impressionist Nude Portrait Oil Painting
£9950

The Lute Player’ by Jacques Martin (1844-1910). This large 19th century French oil painting is signed by the artist and presented in a superb quality, newly commissioned, gold metal leaf Post-Impressionist frame. For centuries the lute has featured as a powerful symbol of female sexuality in European art, the word lute – or “luit” – being Flemish for vagina.

 

As with all of the original antique oil paintings we sell it is offered in excellent condition, having just been professionally cleaned, restored and re-varnished. Clients should also note that tracked and signed for international shipping is complimentary.

 

Born in Lyon, Jacques Martin was a pupil of François Vernay who was an important artist in the development of many Impressionist painters from the South of France. Pierre Puvis de Chavannes was one of Martin’s first admirers.

 

From 1881 Jacques Martin exhibited at numerous salons in Lyon and Paris, and was notably one of the artists selected to exhibit at the Universal Exhibition of 1894. Martin developed a free Impressionist style similar to that of his contemporary Auguste Renoir, especially in his portrayal of the female nude. In 1904 he founded the Salon d’Automne in Lyon and exhibited at the International Exhibition of Fine Arts of 1914.

 

Dimensions: (framed) 91cm x 111cm (35¾” x 43¾”)

Dimensions: (canvas only) 73cm x 93cm (28¾” x 36¾”)

Medium: Oil on canvas.

Provenance: Private French collection.

Presentation: Newly commissioned bespoke gold metal leaf frame. All of the new frames we commission are especially made for us to order by one of the UK’s top period frame makers.

Condition: Excellent. Newly professionally cleaned, restored, and re-varnished. Ready to hang.

 

 

Artists: Jacques Martin 1844-1910
En Garde! - 19th Century French Belle Epoque Oil Painting of Society Beauty
£59950

‘En Garde!’ by Jean Beraud (1849-1936). This fine Belle Epoque portrait of a fashionable young Parisienne escrimeuses is signed by the artist and presented in a bespoke gold metal leaf frame.

 

As with all the paintings we sell it is offered in the finest condition it can be for its age having just been professionally cleaned, conserved and re-varnished. Clients should also note that tracked and signed for international shipping is complimentary.

 

Jean Béraud was one of the most famous painters of Paris during La Belle Époque. Rather like his contemporary Gustave Caillebotte (1848-1894) his evocative paintings of Parisian high society glimpsed in the gardens, salons and boulevards of the French capital are a blend of the academic art of the Salon and that of his friend Édouard Manet and the other French Impressionists.

 

Jean Béraud studied at the Lycée Bonaparte before enrolling with the studio of Léon Bonnat (1833-1922). Béraud first exhibited at the Paris Salon in 1873. His association with Alexandre Bernheim (1839-1915), one of France’s most influential dealers, helped bring him considerable commercial success and by 1890 Beraud had established himself as the painter of Parisian life.

 

Jean Beraud was made a Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur in 1887 and an Officer in 1892. Today his paintings are found in the National Gallery in London, the Musée d’Orsay in Paris and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

 

Dimensions: (framed) 52cm x 74cm (20½” x 29”)

Dimensions: (canvas only) 33cm x 55¼cm (13” x 21¾”)

Medium: Oil on mahogany panel.

Provenance: Artist’s panel supplied by F. Dupre of Paris circa 1900. Various auction stencils verso. Private collection. Accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity issued by Patrick Offenstadt, Neuilly-sur-Seine, France, November 20, 2019.

Presentation: Newly commissioned bespoke gold metal leaf frame. All of the new frames we commission are especially made for us to order by one of the UK’s top period frame makers.

Condition: Very good. Newly professionally cleaned, restored, and re-varnished. Ready to hang.

 

Artists: Jean Beraud 1849-1936
Belle Epoque
La Fille de la Nymphe - 19th Century French Belle Epoque Oil Painting Portrait
‘Une Fille de la Nymphe’ by Auguste-Émile Pinchart (1842-1920). This fine late 19th century oil on canvas is signed by the artist and presented in a superb quality, bespoke gold metal leaf frame.   The ... Read More
Artists: Auguste-Emile Pinchart 1842-1920
£9950
L'Extase - 19th Century French Belle Epoque Portrait Oil Painting
This is a large fine 19th century oil painting portrait of a young society beauty depicted en déshabillé by the eminent French Academic painter Charles Joshua Chaplin (1825-1891). ‘L’Extase’ is inscribed by the artist verso and s... Read More
Artists: Charles Joshua Chaplin 1825-1991
£19950
La Coquette - 19th Century French Belle Epoque Portrait of Parisienne Girl
‘La Coquette’ by Virgilio Tojetti (1851-1901). The painting -which depicts a young brunette reclining in a lavender chiffon wrap – is signed by the artist ‘Virgilio Tojetti, Rome’ and hangs in a superb quality gold metal leaf f... Read More
Artists: Virgilio Tojetti 1851-1901
£8950
The Lute Player - 19th Century French Impressionist Nude Portrait Oil Painting
‘The Lute Player’ by Jacques Martin (1844-1910). This large 19th century French oil painting is signed by the artist and presented in a superb quality, newly commissioned, gold metal leaf ... Read More
Artists: Jacques Martin 1844-1910
£9950
En Garde! - 19th Century French Belle Epoque Oil Painting of Society Beauty
‘En Garde!’ by Jean Beraud (1849-1936). This fine Belle Epoque portrait of a fashionable young Parisienne escrimeuses is signed by the artist and presented in a bespoke gold metal leaf frame.   ... Read More
Artists: Jean Beraud 1849-1936
£59950