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FOLLOWER OF FRANÇOIS BOUCHER | A pair of pastoral scenes: a shepherd and shepherdess with their flock; and a shepherd and shepherdess with baskets of wool
Estimate: 5,000 - 7,000 GBP
The Property of a Private Collector
FOLLOWER OF FRANÇOIS BOUCHER
A PAIR OF PASTORAL SCENES: A SHEPHERD AND SHEPHERDESS WITH THEIR FLOCK; AND A SHEPHERD AND SHEPHERDESS WITH BASKETS OF WOOL
a pair, both oil on panel
each unframed: 55.5 x 65.5 cm.; 21⅞ x 25¾ in.
each framed: 70.5 x 80 cm.; 27¾ x 31½ in.
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Property from Various Owners is available to view at the Sotheby’s Greenford Park warehouse, 13 and 16 – 18 September (10 - 4pm), by appointment.
The panels are both cradled, flat and stable. The paint surfaces are clean, with a very slightly discoloured varnish.
The former: there is a horizontal restored scratch, upper right, with discoloured retouching, 13 cm. long, as well as two old horizontal splits, in the centre of the right margin, both 7 cm. long. Inspection under ultraviolet light confirms these retouchings and reveals extended retouching along the upper split on the right margin, through to the man's neck. It also reveals wash retouching through the sky and retouching throughout the figures; the shrubbery, lower left; and along the lower margin and dark shadows beneath and to the right of the figures.
The latter: there is a split running from the left margin, a third of the way from the lower margin, measuring 39 cm. There is another horizontal restored split, starting in the centre of the left margin, 45 cm. long, running through the figures. These are both retouched. Inspection under ultraviolet confirms these, and further reveals retouching along another split, starting from the right margin, a third of the way from the lower margin, running to the edge of the woman's skirt. There are wash retouchings throughout the sky, foreground, and pink drapery. The figures are also retouched throughout.
Despite these interventions, the paintings appear bright and ready to hang in their current state.
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Mr and Mrs Reuben B. Robertson;
With Newhouse Galleries, New York;
Anonymous sale, New York, Christie's, 5 October 1995, lot 23 (as Circle of Jean-Baptiste Le Prince);
With Baumkotter Gallery, London, from whom acquired on 13 September 1996 (as Jean-Baptiste Le Prince), by the present owner.