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Panckoucke, Anne-Ernestine (1784-1860)
Still Life of a Vase Containing an Arrangement of Flowers Including Rose, Hyacinth, Opium Poppy, Crown Imperial, Tulip, Auricula, Iris Susiana, Sweet Pea, Orange Blossom With a Red Admiral and a Brimstone Butterfly Balancing on the Foliage, the Vase...
. Watercolour on vellum, signed and dated 'Ernestine Panckoucke. / 1829' (lower right). 37 12 x 27 1/2 inches. The largest and most magnificent example available of the work of one of Pierre-Joseph Redouté's most gifted pupils Ernestine Panckoucke, née Désormeaux, is rightly considered one of Redouté's most talented students. It is thought that she first met her future painting master either at the Chataeu of Malamaison whilst studying under Prud'hon, or at Isabey's studio whilst her portrait was being painted. What is certain is that she subsequently attended his classes at the Jardin des Plantes. In later life she described herself as 'translator of Goethe's poems, pupil of Redouté and designer of the Flore Médicale. [published by her husband Louis-Fleury Panckoucke]. As the present work demonstrates Anne-Ernestine Panckoucke was not only skilled at describing flowers with remarkable botanical accuracy, but also for producing spectacular compositions that recall both the later work of her teacher and the earlier work of the Dutch old masters such as van Huysum. One aspect in particular in the present work recalls Redouté's work: the masterly handling of the droplet of water may be seen as a visyual acknowledgment of the artist's debt to her master. There was an example of Panckoucke's work sold in the Duc de Berry's sale in 1834, and there is currently a fine example in the Broughton Collection at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, England (accession number PD. 856-1973), and another in the Bibliothèque du Musée des Arts Décoratifs but her work very rarely comes on the open market and an example of the size and quality of the present work must now be almost unique. Elizabeth Hardouin-Fugier The Pupils of Redouté p.53; E. Hardouin-Figuier & Etienne Grafe French Flower Painters p.308.
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