French 18th Century
Old Woman with a Muff
second half 18th century
oil on canvas
80.5 x 64.5 cm (31 11/16 x 25 3/8 in)
Léopold Goldschmidt [1830-1904], Paris; probably by inheritance to his son-in-law, comte Ange-André Pastré [1856-1926], Paris. (Jonas, Paris); purchased 1937 by (Wildenstein & Co., Paris, New York, and London);  sold December 1944 to the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, New York;  gift 1946 to NGA.  The first two names in the provenance were given as former owners of the painting in Georges Wildenstein, Chardin, Zurich, 1963: 182, no. 212. Pastré married Goldschmidt's daughter (one of his six children), Clara Julie Eugénie Goldschmidt (1866-1930). The Wildenstein information sheet given to the Kress Foundation (copy in NGA curatorial files) only lists Goldschmidt. During the preparation of the NGA systematic catalogue of French paintings of the 15th through the 18th century, Joseph Baillio of Wildenstein & Co. kindly provided the source and date of the company's acquisition of the painting.  The memorandum of agreement between Wildenstein & Co. and the Samuel H. Kress Foundation for the sale of ten paintings, including Portrait of a Woman by Jean Baptiste Chardin, is dated 28 December 1944 (copy in NGA curatorial files).