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Monday, March 19, 2012

A Magnificent Original Watercolor Featuring a Cabbage Rose by Pierre-Joseph Redouté

Pierre-Joseph Redouté (1759-1840)
Rosa Centifolia Prolifera Foliacea
14 7/8 by 10 1/2 inches
Framed: 17 1/4 x 21 3/4 inches
Watercolor and gouache over pencil on vellum
Signed in pencil lower left: P.J. Redouté
$485,000

Provenance:
Princess Maria Carolina Luisa de Bourbon, Duchesse de Berry, for whom purchased from the artist in 1828 by King Charles X of France and Navarre; thence by descent in the Orleans family to Clementine, Princess of Orleans; thence by descent to Prince August of Saxe-Coburg; gifted to his brother Ferdinand of Bulgaria in 1907; W. Graham Arader III, New York

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