Executed for the administrators of the Goldsmiths’ Guild, or the Confraternity of Saints Anne and Marcel, Paris (probably either Pierre Le Bastier or François Le Quint).(1) M. Nouri (estate? sale, Paris, 24 Feb. 1785, lot 85, as Poërson, sold to): [Dupré]. Private collection (sale, London, Sotheby’s, 20 June 1980, lot 99, as L. de La Hyre, sold to); [Luigi Grassi, London, sold 1981 to]; LACMA.
(1) Notter 1999, p. 14, notes the confusion about the identity of the specific administrators. The gifts were presented on May first of each year, but a new election took place on Ascension Day (the Thursday before Easter Sunday), when two other administrators were promoted. It was they, therefore, who presided over placing the painting on the column.
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