An Ensemble of Drawings by Charles Coypel Will Soon Be Separated at Auction


1. Charles Coypel (1694-1752)
Study for a Trojan
Black Chalk and Red Chalk - 22.2 x 32.5 cm
Normandy Auction, Rouen, 9/12/12
Photo : Normandy Auction

29/11/12 - Art market - Paris and Rouen - A few weeks ago, the Galerie de Bayser presented a beautiful ensemble of drawings by Charles de la Fosse, of which only one was for sale (see news item in French). The same dealer [1] is now exhibiting until Thursday 6 December sixteen works by Charles-Antoine Coypel which, this time, are all to go up for auction on 9 December 2012 in Rouen at Normandy Auction [2].

All of these sheets, in a beautiful state of conservation as they have been sheltered from the light, which no doubt come straight from the artist’s studio via some unknown channel, are preparatory for known paintings some residing in French museums. We hope many of these establishments will be able to pre-empt the lots. The valuations are reasonable, a few thousand euros on average, though we may expect higher sale prices for some.


2. Charles Coypel (1694-1752)
Study for Achilles
Black Chalk and Red Chalk - 39.5 x 29 cm
Normandy Auction, Rouen, 9/12/12
Photo : Normandy Auction

3. Charles Coypel (1694-1752)
Study for an Angel Leant on a Column
Black Chalk and Red Chalk - 46 x 29.5 cm
Normandy Auction, Rouen, 9/12/12
Photo : Normandy Auction


Among the most beautiful drawings in this group, we would like to reproduce two preparatory studies for the painting Achilles Pursuing the Trojans in the Waters of the Scamander held at the Hermitage Museum (ill. 1 and 2) as well as a study of an angel (ill. 3) for the large canvas The Destruction of the Palace of Armides at the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Nancy, a preparatory cartoon for a tapestry for which a large painted study was auctioned off at Christie’s London last July.


4. Charles Coypel (1694-1752)
Study for a Standing Figure
Black Chalk, White Chalk Heightenings
and Red Chalk - 33.2 x 16.6 cm
Normandy Auction, Rouen, 9/12/12
Photo : Normandy Auction

5. Charles Coypel (1694-1752)
Study for Pilgrim at Emmaus
Black Chalk, White Chalk Heightenings - 38.8 x 24.5 cm
Normandy Auction, Rouen, 9/12/12
Photo : Normandy Auction


6. Charles Coypel (1694-1752)
Jephthah’s Daughter
Black Chalk and White Chalk Heightenings - 31.7 x 47.7 cm
Normandy Auction, Rouen, 9/12/12
Photo : Normandy Auction

Three academic nudes (ill. 4) are studies for a Louvre painting not on view, Cleopatra Swallowing the Poison, while three sheets are preparatory for paintings intended for Parisian churches, two still present, The Pilgrims at Emmaus at Saint Louis en l’Ile (ill. 5) and The Crucifixion at Saint Germain l’Auxerrois ;the third has disappeared, The Entombment from the main altar at Saint Nicolas du Louvre.

No associations with known compositions have been found for other drawings of isolated figures. Finally, there is a study for a complete composition (ill. 6), with grid layout, for an unidentified scene in the catalogue but which in fact represents Jephthah’s Daughter [3].

Version française


Didier Rykner, dimanche 2 décembre 2012


Notes

[1] Galerie de Bayser 69 rue Sainte Anne, 75002 Paris. Tel : 01 47 03 49 87.

[2] See the catalogue online.

[3] We were overly hasty in suggesting that it evoked The Continence of Scipio. Fortunately, two art historian readers were quick to react.



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