Portrait of a Lady @ Beaussant-Lefèvre, 5 April 2013 (cat. no. H 123)
April 4, 2013 § 1 Comment
H 123. Portrait of a Lady, 1857, Paris
Oil on canvas, 115.0 x 89.0 cm
Signed, dated and inscribed lower centre left: H. Winterhalter / Paris / 1857
While we are on the subject of Hermann Winterhalter, two important portraits by the artist are coming up for sale in Paris.
Beaussant-Lefèvre, in their Importants Tableaux Anciens, Objets d’Art et de Bel Ameublement, on 5 April 2013, lot 49, have Hermann Winterhalter’s Portrait of a Lady, which is signed, and especially rare for Hermann Winterhalter, it is also sited and dated as painted in Paris in 1857.
The portrait depicts a lady, standing, three-quarter-length to the right, facing the viewer, hair parted in the middle with lace lappets descending to her neck and shoulders; wearing a black silk dress overlaid with black lace and matching shawl; hands crossed over below waist; with roses in her corsage and holding a fan in her left hand; the background is neutral with imitation of a skyscape.
At the time of writing, earlier provenance and the identity of the sitter remain unknown.
The portrait is modestly estimated at € 4,000-6,000. It has been on the market a few times before, so hopefully this rare signed and dated work would find a more permanent home this time round.
© Eugene Barilo von Reisberg, 2013