Jean-Baptiste Huet, attrib.(1745-1811)

18th c. FRENCH WATERCOLOR on paper in period giltwood frame with antique French matting. Attributed to the important French rococo painter, engraver and decorative artist, Jean-Baptiste Huet. c. 1776

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This delightful watercolor painting measures 8.5″ by 10.75″ and is presented in its period frame. Measuring 14.5″ by 16.”

Provenance:  The Alexander Collection, April 30, 1999, Christie’s New York. The Alexander Collection was comprised of  important 18th c. French rococo drawings and watercolors, including drawings by Saint-Aubin, and finest-quality French period furnishings. Included among that collection were signed furniture pieces by Bernard II van Risamburgh, who is considerd to be the most important ébéniste to French Royalty during the reign of King Louis XV. Risamburgh worked almost exclusively with the important marchands-merciers. Through them he supplied furniture to the French queen Marie Leszczinska in 1737 and later to Madame de Pompadour, the official mistress to the King.

Jean-Baptiste Marie Huet was a French painter, engraver and decorative artist who is best known for his rococo pastoral scenes and genre paintings, in the fluid and romantic style of François Boucher. He studied under Jean-Baptiste Le Prince where he also further developed his skills as an engraver. Gilles Demarteau, the important court engraver to King Louis XV engraved a large body of Huet’s work, along with engraving many drawings and paintings by François Boucher. Huet’s first painting that exhibited at the Salon, titled “Dog Attacking Geese,” is now in the permanent collection at the Louvre. His floor to ceiling romantic pastoral scenes delight audiences at the Musée Nissim de Camondo, Paris where they are on permanent view.  As an important decorative arts painter, he is best known for his whimsical scenes of French country life that were printed by copperplate onto fabrics by the manufacturers of toiles de jouy. His designs were also made into tapestries by the famous Beauvais manufacturers.  These original 18th c. fabrics are exhibited today at the world’s finest museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Musée des Arts Décoratifs.




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