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Attributed to Jacques Swebach-Desfontaines (1769-1823) - Arcueil, the Medici bridge-aqueduct
Attributed to Jacques Swebach-Desfontaines (1769-1823) - Arcueil, the Medici bridge-aqueduct - Paintings & Drawings Style Louis XVI
Ref : 95167
12 000 €
Period :
18th century
Provenance :
French private collection
Medium :
Watercolor
Dimensions :
L. 8.46 inch X l. 12.2 inch
Paintings & Drawings  - Attributed to Jacques Swebach-Desfontaines (1769-1823) - Arcueil, the Medici bridge-aqueduct
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Attributed to Jacques Swebach-Desfontaines (1769-1823) - Arcueil, the Medici bridge-aqueduct

Attributed to Jacques SWEBACH-DESFONTAINES
(Metz 1769 - Paris 1823)
Arcueil: the Medici bridge-aqueduct and the Faisanderie
Watercolor on pen strokes
H. 21.5 cm; L. 31 cm
Described as "drawn after nature" on the lower right
Circa 1790

Provenance:
- Sale of March 22, 1995, Drouot, Pescheteau-Badin-Godeau and Leroy, No. 116 of the catalog (reproduced), titled Lavoir près d'un aqueduc. Selling price at the hammer (excluding expenses) : 68 000 Francs (10 367 € at constant rate)
- Private collection


This beautiful watercolor offers us a rare view of the bridge-aqueduct of Arcueil, a few kilometers south of Paris, since it looks eastward with the bridge on the left, whereas the vast majority of existing views are with the bridge on the right. If its luminosity and its picturesqueness make it very desirable, its topographical accuracy makes it a true historical document. The houses that were built between the arches during the 18th century, when the aqueduct was no longer maintained, can be clearly seen, as well as the house known as the Faisanderie (with the blue shutters). This last building is one of the rare vestiges of the Arcueil estate which belonged to the Prince of Guise at the beginning of the 18th century and then to the Prince of Beauveau. The path to the right of the bridge, which passes in front of the Faisanderie and then climbs to the right (on the heights of Cachan) corresponds to the current rue de la Citadelle.

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Drawing & Watercolor Louis XVI