Anonymous sale, Sotheby's, Paris, June 25, 2003, lot 103
This type of trompe l'oeil - of antique relief painted en grisaille - was very popular in Europe in the 18th and 19th centuries. One of the most successful proponents of this type of painting was the artist Piat Joseph Sauvage, whose style this work and the following lots clearly emulate.
Panel uncradled. There are some visible old cracks in the panel, but these appear to be stable. There are some discolored retouches here and there along aforementioned old cracks, but these are not disturbing. Painting is under a glossy varnish. In the goddess at right (closest to Paris) there has been some paint loss, which is now filled in. U.V. reveals scattered retouchings and reworkings, mostly in the white background. These retouches and reworkings have been applied well, and the painting may be hung in its present state. In a painted wood frame.
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