Entered January 2016
Paris, collection of Jeanne Baptiste d'Albert de Luynes, comtesse de Verrue (1670-1736). Her sale, Paris, March 28ff, 1737, lot 146 [sic for 145]: “Vatteau. Un autre Tableaux representens un bacchanale.” Sold for 51 livres according to the manuscript version of the catalogue in the Frick Art Reference Library, New York.
This painting is not listed in catalogues of Watteau’s oeuvre. However, because it was in the collection of the comtese de Verrue, the noted libertine and blue stocking who owned a large number of paintings by Watteau soon after the artist’s death, there is every reason to believe that this sale reference records a bona fide work by the artist.
It is moot whether it was a playful mythological painting like Les Enfants de Bacchus and Les Enfants de Sylene, or whether it was a regular fête galante, perhaps one with wine being decanted. Without a description, an engraving, or measurements, nothing specific can be said about the comtesse’s Bacchanale. On the other hand, to be fair, it still needs to be listed in any catalogue of Watteau’s works.