30th Mar, 2021 14:00

19th & 20th Century Paintings and Works on Paper, including Portrait Miniatures

Lot 359


Property from an English Private Collection

One glass too many or A delicate operation
signed F.Brunery (lower right)
oil on canvas
61 x 51 cm (24 x 20 in)

MacConnal-Mason & Son Ltd., London
Sale, Christie's, London, 30 March 2001, lot 27
Willow Gallery, Weybridge
Purchased from the above by the present owner in June 2001

In the present work three generations – son, father and grandfather – have withdrawn from the ladies after their meal to enjoy male companionship and indulge in coffee and liqueurs. All are mellow with drink, the grandson enjoying the moment as his grandfather tremulously fills his glass, watched anxiously by his father. Dressed in highly elaborate eighteenth-century Rococo garb, including satin breeches, fabulously decorated tailcoats and richly embroidered waistcoats, the desire not to spill a single drop of the precious liquid contrasts with the three men’s extraordinarily lavish attire and their sumptuous surroundings, all of which afforded Brunery the opportunity to exhibit his consummate skill with a paint brush.

See introduction to lot 358.

Sold for £8,750

Includes Buyer's Premium


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