Anne VALLAYER-COSTER (1744-1818)
A bouquet of tulips, auricula and lilac;
A bouquet of daffodils and an anemone
Each signed and dated "M.de Vallayer Coster 1802"
Watercolor and gouache on brown paper, 12-3/16 x 9-11/16 in. (308 x 245 mm)
Laid down on old mounts (14-3/16 x 11-9/16 in.) and framed in old gilded cove
frames with applied ornament (overall 20-3/4 x 17-5/8 x 2-3/4 in.), probably
mid-19th c. French.
Anne Vallayer, age 26, sponsored by Cochin, was both agréee and reçue
at the Académie royale on July 28, 1770 in proceedings witnessed, among
others, by Pierre, Vien, Chardin, Desportes, Vernet, Roslin and Robert. (Kahng/Roland
Michel at pp. 16-17 and nn. 32-33.) In 1779, through the intervention of Marie
Antoinette, Vallayer obtained a studio at the Louvre, becoming the first woman
to have single lodging under the Grand Gallery (id
., p. 19). Among
her neighbors were Joseph Vernet, her mentor and teacher, and, notably, Gérard
van Spaendonck. Her marriage contract to Coster in 1781 was witnessed by the
Queen and signed by Pierre, Premier Peintre de Sa Majesté, and the
comte d'Angiviller, Directeur général des Bâtiments (id
Provenance: Jan Baptist de Graaf (1742-1804, L.1120, his blindstamp lower
right corners); Sotheby's, New York, January 27, 1999, lots 176-177; Michael
Published: E. Kahng and M. Roland Michel, Anne Vallayer-Coster, Painter
to the Court of Marie Antoinette
(Yale University Press, 2002), nos.
144 and 145, plates 54 and 55.
Exhibited: Dallas Museum of Art, National Gallery of Art, Washington, and
The Frick Collection, New York, Anne Vallayer-Coster
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