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Magdaleine Pinceloup de la Grange, née de Parseval

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Magdaleine Pinceloup de la Grange, née de Parseval


Jean-Baptiste Perronneau (French, 1715 - 1783)






Oil on canvas

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65.1 × 52.4 cm (25 5/8 × 20 5/8 in.)

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Facing leftward, Magdaleine Pinceloup de la Grange gazes into the distance. Her refined dress is accented by flowers, ribbons, and pearls. But Magdaleine does not appear quite as at ease as her husband, Charles-François, in a companion portrait. She sits straight upright, her back parallel to, but not quite touching, the chair behind her.

With both hands, Magdaleine grasps a large gray-blue cat that bemusedly engages the viewer. Because of its large size and distinctive coloration, the cat can be identified as a chartreux, one of the oldest and most cherished French breeds. Jean-Baptiste Perronneau included feline companions in several of his portraits of female subjects, reinforcing the elegance and sophistication of his sitters. Here, the bells on the chartreux's collar echo the pearls around Magdaleine's neck, suggesting that cat and sitter alike are refined objects for visual delectation.

1747 - 1984

Pinceloup Family (Château de la Motte Longuet, La Ferté-Saint-Cyr, France) [sold, Galerie des Ventes, Orléans, March 15, 1984, lot 110 (with its pendant, lot 111), to Stair Sainty Fine Art, Inc. and Patrick Matthiesen.]


Stair Sainty Matthiesen (London, England) and The Matthiesen Gallery (London, England), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1984.


Galerie des Ventes d'Orléans, Orléans. Jean-Baptiste Perroneau, 1715-1783: Deux peintures sur toile, la femme au chat, portrait d'un gentilhomme. March 15, 1984, unpaginated, lot 110, ill.

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Rogers, Katharine M. The Cat and the Human Imagination: Feline Images from Bast to Garfield (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1998), pp. 85, 174, ill.

D'Arnoult, Dominique. Jean-Baptiste Perronneau ca. 1715-1783: Un Portraitiste dans l'Europe des Lumieres (Paris: Arthena, 2014), p. 219, no. 39P, ill.

Tabakhov, Anna. Clasps: 4000 Years of Fasteners in Jewellery. Valerie Charonnat, trans. (Liège: Terracol, 2017), p. 232, ill.