182
182
François Boucher
'LE CHANT'
Estimate
50,00070,000
LOT SOLD. 62,500 GBP
JUMP TO LOT
182
François Boucher
'LE CHANT'
Estimate
50,00070,000
LOT SOLD. 62,500 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

François Boucher
PARIS 1703 - 1770
'LE CHANT'

Provenance

Private collection.

Catalogue Note

This painting has been identified by Alastair Laing as one of the autograph prototypes for the designs found in the upholstered chairbacks woven by the Manufacture des Gobelins, now in the Huntington Art Gallery, San Marino,1 and for the series depicting The Arts and Sciences, today in the 'Boucher Room' in The Frick Collection, New York.2 This particular figure is reproduced in one of the vertical panels, traditionally supposed to have been painted for an octagonal boudoir in Madame de Pompadour's Château de Crécy, paired with 'La Danse' and surrounded by a decorative cartouche.3 A horizontal version of the present composition, attributed to the studio of Boucher, was sold London, Christie's, 4 February 1977, lot 54.

We are grateful to Alastair Laing for endorsing the attribution to Boucher on the basis of first-hand inspection, and for his help in the cataloguing of this lot.

1. See, for example, C. Bremer-David, in French Art of the Eighteenth Century at The Huntington, S.M. Bennett and C. Sargentson (eds), New Haven and London 2008, pp. 323–30, cat. no. 123, reproduced.
2. Inv. no. 16.1.11; see Paintings in The Frick Collection: French, Italian and Spanish, New York 1968, vol. II, pp. 8–23, cat. nos 16.1.4–16.1.11, reproduced.
3. For further discussion of this series, its dating, and authorship, see A. Laing, 'Madame de Pompadour et Les Enfants de Boucher', in Madame de Pompadour et les arts, exh. cat., Paris 2002, pp. 45–48.

Old Masters Day Sale

|
London