Antoine Watteau (French, Valenciennes 1684–1721 Nogent-sur-Marne)
6 3/4 x 4 7/16 in. (17.1 x 11.2 cm)
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Not on view
This drawing was probably executed in France at a time when the vogue for seventeenth-century Dutch painting inspired French artists to cultivate their own approach to subjects of everyday life. Rommelpot players appear in Dutch genre pictures as quirky companions to butchers at work or more frequently as entertainers in scenes of casual revelry. Made from a pig’s bladder, the rommelpot produced a loud squeal. More of a noisemaker than a musical instrument, it was mostly used by children; accordingly, this drawing, now cut down, once shared the sheet with a sketch of a little girl at right apparently dancing to the “tune” of the rommelpot.
Inscription: Annotated in brown ink at the lower left on the recto: 2116
Marking: Annotated on the verso in pencil (?): mettre dans le cadre; and (in a different hand): D2507 3HCO (a Colnaghi number)
Antoine Joseph Dezallier d'Argenville (Lugt 2951 at the lower left on the recto); Dezallier d'Argenville sale, Paris, 18 January 1779, possibly lot 2099 (as Jan Both) or 2124 (as Bartholomeus Breenbergh); [P. and D. Colnaghi and Co., London]. Acquired by Robert Lehman from Colnaghi in 1961.
Artist: Claude Lorrain (Claude Gellée) (French, Chamagne 1604/5?–1682 Rome)Date: ca. 1671Medium: Black chalk, sepia and black ink, sepia and gray wash heightened with whiteAccession: 1975.1.661On view in:Not on view
Artist: Jacques Goullons (French, active Paris, 1626–died 1671)Date: ca. 1645–48Medium: Case and dial of enameled gold; hand of steel; movement of brass, partly gilded, and steel
Accession: 1975.1.1244On view in:Gallery 951
Artist: Rembrandt (Rembrandt van Rijn) (Dutch, Leiden 1606–1669 Amsterdam)Date: 1644Medium: Pen and inks ranging from light to dark brown, brown washes, corrected in white (oxidized, partially abraded), and touches of red chalk (in added structures to the left of the main cottage).Accession: 1975.1.792On view in:Not on view