Servad, Amsterdam (sale, Amsterdam, Cornelis Ploos van Amstel, Hendrik de Winter, and Jan Yver, 25 June 1778, lot 48, sold [or bought in?] for 560 florins to); [Jan Yver, Amsterdam].(1) Stanislaus II Augustus Poniatowski (1732–1798), Warsaw and Saint Petersburg (r. as king of Poland 1764–95).(2) Prince Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Perigord (1754–1838), Paris (sale, Paris, M. Henry, 7 July 1817, lot 10, as formerly "Roi de Pologne," sold en bloc before the sale to); [William Buchanan (1777–1864), London]. [John Webb, London, valued at 1,050 guineas].(3) [William Buchanan, London, sold for 1,100 guineas to];(4) Alexander Baring (1774–1848), later 1st Baron Ashburton, London and the Grange, Northington, Hampshire, by 1819, by descent to; Francis Denzil Edward Baring (1866–1938), 5th Baron Ashburton, the Grange, Northington, Hampshire, sold 1907 en bloc to; [syndicate of Thomas Agnew & Sons, London; Arthur J. Sulley & Co., London; and Asher Wertheimer, London, probably sold to]; Alfred de Rothschild (1842–1918), Halton Manor, by inheritance to; Rothschild heirs, sold in 1924 to; [Arthur Ruck, London, and M. Knoedler, London and New York, sold 1925 to]; Charles T. Fisher (1880–1963), Detroit,(5) by inheritance to his son; Thomas K. Fisher (1920–1988), Detroit (sale, London, Christie’s, 28 June 1974, lot 79, ill., bought in, sold 1977 through); [Richard L. Feigen, New York, to]; Mr. and Mrs. Edward William Carter, Los Angeles, given 1996 to; LACMA.
(1) Since Jan Yver was one of the dealers involved in the sale, he may have been acting as an agent for Poniatowski or another buyer.
(2) For Stanislaus Augustus Poniatowski, see London 1992, p. 36: "After the King’s death his collections were gradually dispersed. On departure from Poland in 1795 he had taken 100 of his favourite paintings to St. Petersburg: some he had given away, others were sold on his death to pay debts. The sale of his collections continued in the following years until 1821.
(3) HdG 1907–28, vol. 2 (1909), no. 409, cites Buchanan as the buyer from the Talleyrand sale, followed by John Webb. He also cites Buchanan as the seller to Baring. If the latter is true, Buchanan may have been working with Webb, who was a dealer. Webb also purchased from Buchanan Gabriel Metsu’s A Woman Seated at a Table and a Man Tuning a Violin (The National Gallery, London, inv. no. NG 838), formerly in the Talleyrand collection.
(4) An annotation to the entry for the painting in a copy of the 1817 Talleyrand-Perigord sale catalogue at the State Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, notes, "retenu a 20000 estime 12000 vendu par M. Buchanan a Alx. Baring, 1100 guin." Getty Provenance Index, Sale Catalogs Database.
(5) In 1908 Charles Thomas Fisher and his six brothers founded Fisher Body Company in Detroit, an automotive coach builder for which he served as president. The company is now an operating division of General Motors.
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