- François Boucher
- Rural landscape with a young girl leaning on a fountain
- Black chalk;
bears inscription on the backing: F. Boucher
sale, Paris, Gavillet/Delestre, 13 May 1876, no. 16;
sale, Paris, Paulme/Chevallier, 6 March 1899, no. 6 (900 Francs to Paulme);
Collection Henri Monnier (?),
sale, Paris, Roblin/Delestre, 3 May 1899, no. 35;
sale, Paris, 16 June 1904, no. 4 (120 Francs);
(Michel or Maurice) Ephrussi,
sale, Paris, Paulme, Lasquin/Lair-Dubreuil, 19 May 1913, no. 3 (800 Francs to Derveaux);
sale, London, Christie's, 2 July 1996, lot 244,
where acquired by Bernadette and William M.B. Berger, Denver, Colorado
In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.
The drawing does not appear to be connected with any of Boucher's known paintings or engravings. It is a fine example of a snapshot in time where Boucher has captured a young girl taking a rest from her daily duties. It is a picture that invites you into a moment of tranquillity where we too, as the viewer, stop and rest, like the young girl at the fountain.