Attributed to Charles-Joseph Natoire, ‘A nude woman holding an ewer (study for Hebe)’, Christie's Old Masters

This figure is related to the one of Hebe in Natoire's painting Jupiter served by Hebe (Troyes, Musée d'Art et Histoire; Caviglia-Brunel P.16). Another study for the same figure by Natoire was recently discovered and subsequently acquired by the Musée d'Art et Histoire in Troyes (Caviglia-Brunel D.104).

Hebe was the goddess of youth, patron goddess of young brides and cupbearer to the gods. Here she is shown with her traditional attribute, her pitcher, from which she pours ambrosia.

Toronto, Art Gallery of Ontario and elsewhere, Dessins français du 17e et 18e siècles des collections américaines, cat. by P. Rosenberg, 1972-73, no. 86.
Paris and Geneva, Galerie Cailleux, Sanguines: dessins français du dix-huitième siècle, cat. by M. Roland-Michel, 1978, no. 30.

Charles-Joseph Natoire (Nîmes, 1700-Castel Gandolfo, 1777), exhib. cat., Troyes, Musée des Beaux-Arts and elsewhere, 1977, p. 56, under no. 8.

C. Bailey, Les Amours des dieux. La peinture mythologique de Watteau à David, Paris, Grand Palais and elsewhere, 1991-92, p. 270, under no. 41, fig. 4.

S. Caviglia-Brunel, Charles-Joseph Natoire, Paris, 2012, pp. 206-07, no. D. 105.

Anonymous sale; Paris, Drouot, 14 February 1962, lot 66.

E. Peter Jones, London.

Green collection.

Basil Dighton, Washington.

Irwin Laughlin, New York.