82.0 x 65.5cm stretcher; 111.0 x 94.5 x 10.0cm frame
Recently established as the portrait of a fellow painter's wife, this image is the last word in high fashion. The sitter's ensemble, overstated for any but an occasion of high formality, capitalises on a rumpled sash winding its attention-seeking way around Madame de la Porte's petite torso. Her overly bright eyes and eggshell skin contribute to an effect of artificiality. Although Nattier was not capable of Boucher's moments of naturalism, this image marks a shift in that direction, and away from the far more formally baroque language of his state portraits. In keeping with the high value placed on harmonious social relations in this age of Enlightenment, the present sitter regards the spectator with a look of courtesy mingled with candour. She is confident, yet not condescending. Her trust in Nattier is clear and clearly reciprocated.
AGNSW Handbook, 1999.
William Bowmore (Australia, b.1909), 1976-04 Jun 1992, Sydney/New South Wales/Australia, Gift of William Bowmore 1992. In the collection of Bowmore by 1976. This painting was offered for sale at Christie's, London 14 Dec 1990, lot 72, but did not sell.
Agnew's, London (England, estab. 1817), 1976, London/England
Abby Rockefeller Mauze (United States of America, b.1903, d.1976), 1955-1976?, New York/New York/United States of America, Purchased by Abby Rockefeller Mauze, 1955
Wildenstein & Co. (United States of America, estab. 1903), 13 Mar 1946-1955, New York/New York/United States of America, Purchased by Wildenstein, London from Frank Partridge, 13 March 1946. Sold to Abby Rockefeller Mauze, 1955
Frank Partridge (England), 22 Feb 1946-13 Mar 1946, London/England, [dealer] Purchased by Frank Partridge from Morton Lee, 22 February 1946.
Morton Lee (England), pre 22 Feb 1946, England, [dealer] Eminent dealer in French art
Lady Louis Mountbatten (England, b.1901, d.1960), post 1932, London/England, by descent, Edwina Mountbatten granddaughter of Ernest Cassel
Wilhelmina Cassel (Germany; England, d.1932?), 21 Sep 1921-1932?, England, by descent, sister of Sir Cassel. Wilhelmina Cassel was bequeathed all of Sir Cassel's furniture, glass, pictures, fixtures and fittings and several properties for use during her life time, these all passed to Edwina Mountbatten.
Sir Ernest Cassel (Germany; England, b.1852, d.1921), 10 Sep 1908-21 Sep 1921, London/England, Purchased by Sir Cassel from Duveen Brothers, Paris 10 September 1908
Duveen Brothers (London, New York, Paris), Aug 1907-10 Sep 1908, Paris/France, [dealer] Kann Collection stock no. 152
Kann Estate (France), 1905-Aug 1907, Paris/France, Collection inherited by Kann's two sons and sold 'en bloc' in August 1907 to Duveen Brothers.
Rodolphe Kann (France, b.1845, d.1905), circa 1900-1905, Paris/France, In the collection of Kann by 1900, see 'Gemaeldesammlung des Herrn Rudolf Kann in Paris' by W Bode, 1900. Rodolphe Kann began collecting in 1880, after his death in 1905 his two sons inherited his collection and sold it 'en bloc' in August 1907 to Duveen Brothers.
Ron Radford (Australia, b.1949) (Curator), The Fine Art of Giving: 90 Masterpieces from the William Bowmore Collection, Adelaide, 1999, 44, 45 (colour illus.), 73. cat.no. 11
Xavier Salmon (Author), Jean-Marie Nattier 1685-1766, Paris, 1999, 262 (illus.). fig. 6, illustrated in reference to cat.no. 74, 'Portrait presume de Marie-Aine Camasse' 1755
Bruce James (Australia) (Author), Edmund Capon (England; Australia, b.1940) (Director), Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, Domain, 1999, 31 (colour illus.).
Art Gallery of New South Wales (Australia, estab. 1874) (Author), Great gifts, great patrons: an exhibition celebrating private patronage of the Gallery, Sydney, 1994. no catalogue numbers
Ewen McDonald (Australia) (Editor), The Art Gallery of New South Wales collections, Sydney, 1994, 124, 125 (colour illus.).
Christie's London (England) (Editor), Christie's London: Old Master Pictures, St. James's, 14 Dec 1990, 120, 121 (colour illus.). cat.no. 72
M. Knoedler and Co, New York (United States of America) (Author), A family exhibit, for the benefit of the National Urban League, New York, 1959, 23 (illus.). cat.no. 25
Museu de Arte (Brazil) (Author), O Retrato na Franca, 1952, 32, 33 (illus.).
Wildenstein & Co. (United States of America, estab. 1903) (Author), French XVIIIth century paintings, New York, 1948, (illus.). cat.no. 34
'Catalogue de la collection de M. Rudolphe Kann', Tableaux 1907, 1907, 62 (illus.). cat.no. 152
'La collection de M. Rudolphe Kann' by A. Marguillier., Les Arts Mar 1903, Mar 1903, 4 (illus.).
'La galerie de M Rudolphe Kann' by E.Michel., Gazette des Beaux-Arts Jun 1901, Jun 1901, 503-4.
W Bode (Author), Gemaeldesammlung des Herrn Rudolf Kann in Paris, 1900. plate no. 90
French XVIIIth century paintings, Wildenstein & Co., 1948–1948.
O Retrato na Franca, Museu de Arte, Jan 1952–Jan 1952.
Unknown, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 1954, The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 1954–1954.
A family exhibit, for the benefit of the National Urban League, M. Knoedler and Co, New York, 06 Apr 1959–25 Apr 1959.
Great gifts, great patrons, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 17 Aug 1994–19 Oct 1994.
The Fine Art of Giving: 90 Masterpieces from the William Bowmore Collection, Art Gallery of South Australia, 02 Nov 1999–01 Apr 2000.