Gavin Claxton


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'La Fille de la Nymphe' by Auguste-Émile Pinchart (1842-1920).

The painting - which depicts a girl teasing a bust of the god Pan with a reed - is signed by the artist and presented in a superb quality, bespoke gold metal leaf frame.

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 a 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.



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