FRANÇOIS BOUCHER | RECTO: STUDY OF A YOUNG GENTLEMAN (ALCIDAS) DOFFING HIS HAT (A STUDY FOR MOLIÈRE’S LE MARIAGE FORCÉ), VERSO: STUDY OF A MAN (TARTUFFE) WITH ARMS OUTSTRETCHED AND SEPARATE STUDIES OF HIS HEAD, AND HANDS HOLDING GLOVES (FOR MOLIÈRE’S TARTUFFE)
Paris 1703 - 1770
RECTO: STUDY OF A YOUNG GENTLEMAN (ALCIDAS) DOFFING HIS HAT (A STUDY FOR MOLIÈRE’S LE MARIAGE FORCÉ)
VERSO: STUDY OF A MAN (TARTUFFE) WITH ARMS OUTSTRETCHED AND SEPARATE STUDIES OF HIS HEAD, AND HANDS HOLDING GLOVES (FOR MOLIÈRE’S TARTUFFE)
Red chalk (recto) and black chalk (verso);
bears old attribution in pencil, lower left: f. Boucher.
11¾ by 7⅛ in.; 296 by 188 mm.
Window mounted to a double sided decorative mount. With the exception of some very minor surfaced dirt the recto remains in very fine condition with the red chalk fresh and vibrant. The verso also remains in good condition, though there is some slight red chalk offset throughout. Sold in a decorative giltwood frame.
In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.
Probably Feral sale, Paris, 26 May 1879, (as "Un homme debout, le tricorne a la main";
Sale, Toulouse, Chassaing et Rivet, 18 February 1986;
With Stair Sainty Matthiesen, New York, François Boucher, his Circle and Influence, 1987, no. 10