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  • Casa d'Aste Babuino
    Marchand romain, bons catalogues en français, manque un moteur de recherche
  • Zeller à Lindau sur le Lac de Constance
    cliquer sur le catalogue et chercher "pastelle"
  • Lotissimo
    Gros site allemand de vente en ligne
  • Auction
    26 commissaires priseurs français, de très vieilles maisons. A consulter régulièrement
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    Ce site canadien a une option de recherche sur portrait et souvent de jolies choses
  • La gazette Drouot
    y aller souvent, les ventes françaises sont une mine de pastels
  • interencheres
    interencheres a une bonne présentation des résultats de recherche, un bon site
  • Sothebys
    Sotheby's - incontournable, suivre notamment les ventes à Londres
  • Christies
    Christies, avec un bon moteur de recherche et le spécialiste Nicolas Schwed
  • auktionsverket
    Grande maison de vente à Stockholm - belles ventes XVIIIeme

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jp

Yesterday I was asked my opinion by the Etude; I am happy to share my response with you (in any case it is evident from my online Dictionary):

“The story is a little complicated. The pastel was reproduced in the 2006 edition of my Dictionary of pastellists before 1800 on page 273, col. C, photo i, as “attributed” to Labille-Guiard, on the basis of a very old and poor photograph I found in an old archive with an attribution to Vigée Le Brun.
I knew this was wrong and tentatively suggested Labille-Guiard.
Soon after publication of the Dictionary, I was sent a colour photograph by the Swedish collector to whom the pastel then (and perhaps still) belongs (he must have bought it in Stockholm, 29.xi.2006, Lot 2549 repr., manner of Vigée Le Brun), and I told him (and you will find on page 2, col. C, photo iii of the revised Labille-Guiard article http://www.pastellists.com/Articles/LabilleGuiard.pdf in the online edition of the Dictionary) that I now consider that the pastel is a pastiche, drawing elements from two separate pictures.
The first is Labille-Guiard’s painting of the marquise de Coutances (more properly comtesse de Barruel-Beauvert, née Anne-Blanche-Victoire Cauchon de Maurepas (1733–1799), pnt., c.1787 (Gustav Mühlbacher; Paris, Georges Petit, 13–15.v.1907, Lot 32; no. 93 in Mme Passez’s monograph on Labille-Guiard); the pasticheur has derived the headdress from this source.
The second source is Mme Vallayer-Coster’s portrait (in oil) of Madame Victoire (MV 3807, no. 60 in the 2002/03 Vallayer-Coster exhibition catalogue), from which the pasticheur has derived the lower costume. There is a pastel copy of the Vallayer-Coster which may be contemporary (again I have only seen an old, poor photo; http://www.pastellists.com/Articles/VALLAYER.pdf page 1, col. B, photo ii) but suspiciously it bears the initials “JBP”, leading to its appearance in a sale in Paris, Drouot, 3–4.iii.1905, Lot 95 repr., as by Perronneau.
What is quite clear is that your pastel is not by Labille-Guiard, and my suspicion is that it is a later pastiche.
(Most of these were made in the late 19th century when demand for « Vigée Le Brun » pastels was high.)”

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