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Charles Bargue

France (1825 -  1883 ) Wikipedia® : Charles Bargue
BARGUE Charles Arab Dealer Among His Antiques

Christie's
May 6, 1999
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Charles Bargue - Le Jeu D'échecs

Charles Bargue - Le Jeu D'échecs

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Lot number: 54
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Charles Bargue (French, 1826-1883)
Le jeu d'échecs
oil on panel
6½ x 9 1/8 in. (16.5 x 23.3 cm.)
Provenance
The Honourable Mrs B. M. Denison.
Mrs B. M. Denison; her sale, Christie's, London, 21 December 1933,lot 137.
Mr Lever.
Mr Graves.
Lot Notes
The present lot is a study for 'Le Jeu d'échecs' recorded in thecatalogue of the William H. Vanderbilt Collection, 1884.
Charles Bargue - Study Of Felled Tree Trunks, Joinville Le Pont

Charles Bargue - Study Of Felled Tree Trunks, Joinville Le Pont

Original 1885
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Lot number: 190
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Charles Bargue (d.1883)
Study of felled tree trunks, Joinville Le Pont
the first signed 'B' and stamped with studio sale stamp, 1885 (lower right) and inscribed 'Joinville le pont.' (upper right)
black chalk laid onto board
6½ x 11½ in. (16.5 x 29 cm.); and A watercolour of a seascape at Martigues by Gabriel-Charles Deneux (b.1856) (2)
Charles Bargue - Marchand Oriental

Charles Bargue - Marchand Oriental

Original 1871
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Lot number: 218
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F - CHARLES BARGUE
FRENCH, 1826-1883
MARCHAND ORIENTAL
100,000—150,000 GBP
Hammer Price with Buyer's Premium: 114,000 GBP
35 by 24cm., 13 3/4 by 9 1/2 in.
signed and dated BARGUE / 71 l.r.
oil on panel
We are grateful to Gerald Ackerman for his assistance in cataloguing this work, which will be illustrated in colour in the new edition of his catalogue raisonné on the artist.
Julius Weitzner, New York Probably, Gump Department Store, San Francisco (by 1945) Possibly, Goupil Possibly, Knoedler, NY (purchased from the above) Purchased by the aunt of the present owner in New York in the 1960s; thence by descent

Gerald Ackerman, Bargue-Gérôme 'Drawing Course', Paris, 2000, p. 300, no. 39, catalogued and illustrated (incorrectly dated to 1877)

Painted in 1871, and predating a similar composition by the artist (see Ackerman no. 38, p. 300) by six years, this is one of Bargue's earliest recorded orientalist works. Until now, Marchand oriental was known only from old black and white photographs. One of them, in the archives of the Getty Museum, bears a stamp, From the Julius Weitzner file, on the reverse, along with a handwritten inscription to someone at Gump's department Store in San Francisco, which reads:
"The Oriental Antique Vendor" by Charles Bargue. Less than 20 paintings known by this most exquisite highly finished artist who died so young. This is a must! For windows - [it] ties up nicely with Gumps general atmosphere. Put in window with similar art objects, jades, etc.
This may be a note from a dealer (Weitzner) trying to sell the painting to Gump's, or it may have been written by a Gump member of staff as a memo to another employee on how to use the painting in a window display. The store's archives were destroyed in a fire in 1974, and there is no evidence that Gumps ever owned the painting. Both stylistically and conceptually, Bargue had much in common with Jean-Léon Gérôme, with whom he shared a studio in the 1870s. His contemporaries also compared him to Eugène Delacroix and Eugène Fromentin. Bargue's extremely rare works became known for their high and exquisite finish. In the less than forty paintings which he executed during his lifetime, Bargue developed a rich, sonorous colour scheme of deep, merging tones.
In an unpublished letter of 1987 Ackerman discussed Bargue's individuality as follows: 'it is not just his skill in painting fine detail that makes him so wonderful, it is his control of his hues. His details are always painted in subtle agreement with the light or shadow that discloses or surrounds them. Bargue's mastery of light and dark enables him to place every object exactly in space, so that it is seen precisely in terms of its relationship to the light source and to every other article.' Bargue's paintings were very popular with wealthy collectors in the United States during his lifetime, and his works have subsequently found their way into the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Malden (Massachusetts) Public Library and the Payne Art Centre in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
Charles Bargue - Study For L'aimée

Charles Bargue - Study For L'aimée

Original 1883
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Lot number: 224
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Charles Bargue (French, 1826-1883)
Study for L'Aimée
inscribed signed and dated 'vente 1883 Bargue' (lower right)
watercolour on paper
9¾ x 6½ in. (24.7 x 16.5 cm.)
Saleroom Notice
Please note the title for this lot should read Study L'Aimee, inscribed signed and dated 'vente 1883 Bargue'. This is one of at least three studies. The original oil was sold with a preparatory sketch at Christie's, New York, November 1995.
Lot Notes
This is one of at least three studies. The original oil was sold with a preparatory sketch at Christie's, New York November 1995.
Charles Bargue - Arab Dealer Among His Antiques

Charles Bargue - Arab Dealer Among His Antiques

Original 1877
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Lot number: 2
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Charles Bargue (French, 1826-1883)
Bargue, C.
Arab Dealer among his Antiques
signed and dated 'Bargue 77' (lower right)
oil on cradled panel
13 x 9.5/8 in. (33 x 24.4 cm.)
Painted in 1877
Saleroom Notice
Please note this lot is not exempt from sales tax as set forthin the Sales Tax Notice at the back of the catalogue.
Provenance
Karl Loevenich, New York.
Walter Chrysler, New York.
Edward Pawlin, New York.
Aquired by Robert Isaacson from the above.
Exhibited
New York, Fearon Galleries, Paintings and Drawings by CharlesBargue, March-April 1926.
Lot Notes
Bargue was a contemporary and collaborator of Jean-Lon Grme,though he is often incorrectly described as the latter's student.Bargue made his living primarily as a lithographer. Since he onlypainted during the last decade of his life, and made no more thantwo pictures a year, his oil paintings are few in number. Bargueshared Grme's fascination with Orientalist subjects and in fact,during the 1870s, the two artists shared a studio in Paris. Barguewould borrow costumes and props acquired by Grme during his travelsto Egypt, Turkey, and the Middle East. The present work reflectsthe Orientalist theme of his paintings and shows artifacts fromvarious middle eastern and ancient near eastern cultures.
Arab Dealer among his Antiques shows a man in an Arabic costumesitting amid a dazzling array of decorative objects, includingtapestries, ornamental tiles, metal urns, patterned woodwork, andsmall figurines. He is seen smoking a hookah pipe, and appearsdazed, as if about to exhale tobacco smoke. In a 1926 New York Postarticle on Bargue, the writer describes the present painting andtitling it, Arab Dealer among his Antiques: "Here, as usual, thedetail is overwhelming and not the slightest note of these wares ofthe Oriental merchant is slighted: Surfaces gleam, carvings arepicked out exquisitely, carpets glow with the wealth of their richpiles and elaborate patterns. Yet in all this accumulation ofminutia there is unity of composition" (New York Post, March 6,1926).
It is only through fate that this painting has survived. A previousowner, Karl Loevenich spotted it in a New York antique shop, whoseproprietor was convinced it was a retouched chromolithograph. Hehad been fooled by its microscopic detail. According to the accountin the New York Times (15 February 1926), Loevenich was examiningthe painting when the dealer took it out of his hands: 'Don'tbother about that', said the dealer. 'It's something that I gotstung with,' 'Let me see it. I like to be stung,' said thecustomer. 'It's a worked-over lithograph,' said the dealer. 'Justthe same I like it,' said the customer. 'What do you want for it?'Loevenich walked out of the shop without waiting for the paintingto be wrapped. He had paid a price of $200.
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