98
98
François Boucher
A BEARDED ORIENTAL, BUST LENGTH, IN PROFILE
Estimate
20,00030,000
LOT SOLD. 25,000 GBP
JUMP TO LOT
98
François Boucher
A BEARDED ORIENTAL, BUST LENGTH, IN PROFILE
Estimate
20,00030,000
LOT SOLD. 25,000 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

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François Boucher
PARIS 1703 - 1770
A BEARDED ORIENTAL, BUST LENGTH, IN PROFILE

Provenance

Bears the drystamp of the mounter, François Renaud (L. 1042);
bears the drystamp of the mounter, Jean Baptiste Glomy (L.1085);
sale, Paris, Hotel Drouot, 10 December 2001, lot 18

Catalogue Note

We are grateful to Alastair Laing, who on the basis of a digital image has confirmed the attribution to Boucher. Laing also draws comparison between the present work and another, similarly executed, drawing of a Bearded oriental,1 today in the collection of the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, New York, suggesting that Boucher may well have used the same model for both drawings. Futhermore Laing suggests a dating for these drawings of circa 1765-67, due to the similarities between them and the heads of the numerous old men that feature in the Preaching of John the Baptist in the Desert2 and St. Peter attempting to walk upon water,3 which date to circa 1764 and 1766 respectively and are both in the Cathedral Church of St. Louis at Versailles.

1. Inv. no. 1931-64-103
2. A. Ananoff, François Boucher, Paris 1976, vol. II, pp. 221-22, no. 562, fig. 1528, reproduced
3. Ibid., pp. 232-32, no. 579, fig. 1567, reproduced

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