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Meiffren Comte

France (1630 -  1705 )
COMTE Meiffren A Silver Incense Burner And Sideboard Dish

Christie's /May 4, 2012
24,476.81 - 36,715.22
33,869.00

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Conte Meiffren

 

Artworks in Arcadja
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Meiffren Comte - Still Life With Ornate Silver Vessels And A Carpet

Meiffren Comte - Still Life With Ornate Silver Vessels And A Carpet

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Lot number: 156
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Meiffren Comte (Marseilles 1630 - c. 1705) Still life with ornate silver vessels and a carpet, oil on canvas, 73 x 99 cm, framed A second version of the present composition is preserved at the Toulouse Museum (cf M. Faré, Le Grand Siècle de la Nature Morte en France, 1974, p. 214). Fred Meijer, whom we thank for his kind assistance, believes that the present painting may have involved the participation of the workshop.
Meiffren Comte - Still Life

Meiffren Comte - Still Life

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Lot number: 95
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Meiffren Conte

MARSEILLES CIRCA 1630-1705

STILL LIFE WITH HERCULES CANDLESTICK, SILVER GILT EWER, LEMONS AND ORANGES ON A SIDEBOARD DISH, NAUTILUS SHELL, AND OTHER OBJECTS ARRANGED ON A LEDGE WITH A COLUMN BEYOND

oil on canvas

36 1/4 by 56 3/4 in.; 92 by 144 cm.

Provenance

With Galerie Heim-Gairac, Paris;

From whom purchased by the present collector, 1970.

Exhibited

Paris, Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais; New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Chicago, The Art Institute of Chicago, France in the Golden Age: Seventeenth Century French Paintings in American Collections, 29 January — 28 November 1982, no. 21.

Literature

"Le commerce: Meiffren Conte réapparaît," in Connaissance des Arts, February 1970, p. 37, reproduced;

M. Faré, Le grand siècle de la nature morte en France: le XVIIe siècle, Fribourg 1974, pp. 226-227, reproduced;

N. Volle, in P. Alfonsi et. al (ed.), La peinture en Provence au XVIIe siècle, Marseilles 1978, pp. 18, 168, reproduced p. 167;

P. Rosenberg, France in the Golden Age: Seventeenth Century French Paintings in American Collections, exhibition catalogue, New York 1982, pp. 198, 239-240, cat. no. 21, reproduced p. 208.

Catalogue Note

Meiffren Conte, master painter of Louis XIV's ships in Marseilles, is best recognized for his compositions that are crowded with elaborate and rich objects. Many of the objects included in his paintings appear to have been inspired by the tableware that once formed the king's collection at Versailles. This painting includes a large dish adorned with a coat of arms, a gilt ewer decorated with a processional group, and a Hercules candlestick. The last item closely resembles one of the twelve royally commissioned candlesticks depicting the labors of the Roman demi-god, which were designed by Charles Le Brun and delivered by Thomas Merlin and René Cousinet. Conte reused many items in his paintings, and the same torch also appears, for example, in two of his still lifes in the Château de Versailles: Still Life with Hercules Candlestick and Two Ewers and Still Life with Hercules Candlestick (inv. nos. MV 8919 and MV 8555).

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1. See C. Arminjon, Quand Versailles était meublé d'argent, exhibition catalogue, pp. 239-240, cat. nos. 32-33, reproduced p. 37, fig. 15 and p. 76, fig. 62.

Meiffren Comte - An Ornate Silver Ewer

Meiffren Comte - An Ornate Silver Ewer

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Lot number: 154
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Meiffren Conte (Marseille c. 1630-1705)
An ornate silver ewer, a gilt chalice, shells and a quince, on a partly-draped stone ledge; and An ornate silver ewer, a silver basin with the Judgement of Paris, shells and flowers, on a partly-draped stone ledge
oil on canvas
37 7/8 x 26 7/8 in. (95.5 x 68.3 cm.)
a pair (2)
M. Faré, Nature morte en France. Le XVIIe siècle, Paris, 1974, pp. 218-19.
Meiffren Comte - A Silver Incense Burner And Sideboard Dish

Meiffren Comte - A Silver Incense Burner And Sideboard Dish

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Lot number: 144
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Meiffren Conte (Marseilles c. 1630-1705) A silver incense burner and sideboard dish, a silver-gilt ewer and vase with nautilus shells, a sabre and a jewelry box on a ledge draped with a velvet curtain oil on canvas 40 x 50¾ in. (101.6 x 128.9 cm.)
with Galerie Cailleux, Paris. Anonymous sale; Christie's, New York, 23 May 1997, lot 62 .
PROPERTY OF A EUROPEAN COLLECTOR (LOT 144)

Lot Notes

The present work, crowded with precious objects ranging from the silver incense burner to the rare sea shells, is a version, with differences, of the painting in the Musée de L'art et Industrie, Saint Etienne (see M. Faré, Le Grand Siècle de la Nature Morte en France: Le XVIIe Siècle, 1974, p. 226) in which the red drapery of the present work is replaced with a green one. That painting is discussed at length by Y. Allemand, Musée de Saint Etienne, Deux peintures du XVIIIe Siècle, La Revue du Louvre, no. 40-5, 1968, p. 229-30. Conte used several of the objects seen in the present work on a number of occasions; the sideboard dish, for example, reappears in a painting in the Heim-Gairac collection, Paris (Faré, op. cit., pp. 226-7), and the silver ewer in a painting in the Musée des Arts Decoratifs, Paris (ibid., p. 224).
Meiffren Comte - Natura Morta

Meiffren Comte - Natura Morta

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Lot number: 2320
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2320
- MEIFFREN COMTE
Marseille 1630-1705
Oil on canvas, 39,5 x 57 cm.
EXPERTISE: Cabinet Turquin, Stéphane Pinta, Paris

Estimate: SEK 50 000-70 000

(EUR 4 500-6 500)

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