Lot 10
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WORKSHOP OF FRANCOIS BOUCHER | Putto on a cloud, holding a torch

15,000 - 20,000 USD
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  • boucher
  • Putto on a cloud, holding a torch
  • canvas: 22 1/2 by 21 3/8 in.; 57 by 54.5 cm.
  • framed: 31 by 27 in.; 78.7 by 68.6 cm.
oil on canvas, an oval


The Barons Foley, Ruxley Lodge, Claygate, Surrey;
By descent to Gerald Henry, 7th Baron Foley (1898-1927);
By whom sold with the contents of Ruxley Lodge, Castiglione & Scott, 14th October 1919, lot 5xx (as François Boucher);
Anonymous sale, London, 28 March 1923 (as Boucher);
With Frank T. Sabin, London, 1925 (by whom advertised in 'The Burlington Magazine' in June as Boucher);
Josef Stransky sale, New York, Parke-Bernet, 13 March 1957, lot 65 (as Boucher);
Where acquired by R. Hoyt;
Anonymous sale ("The Property of a Gentleman"), London, Sotheby's, 11 July 1979, lot 102 (as Boucher);
With Christophe Janet, New York;
With Julius Szakaly, North Carolina;
From whom acquired by the late collector in 1987. 


Tokyo, Odayky Grand Gallery, 'Three Masters of French Rococo--Boucher, Fragonard, Lancret,' 9 -21 May 1990 (as François Boucher). 


J. P. Marandel, 'Three Masters of the French Rococo-- Boucher, Fragonard, and Lancret,' exhibition catalogue, Tokyo 1990, p. 168, cat. no. 22, reproduced (as François Boucher).


The canvas has been relined and is flat and stable. The colors are bright and the paint layer is preserved nicely, with thick impasto still evident in the highlights. There is little evidence of inpainting to the naked eye, though under ultra violet light there are some small retouchings in the stomach of the putti and along the lower left edge of the painting, likely from frame abrasion. The soft colors and loose brushwork of the artist remain bright and lively throughout the painting, which can be hung as is. The work is offered in an elaborate giltwood frame.
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