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614

Circle of François Boucher

An allegory of painting

Estimate:

10,000

to
- 15,000 USD

Property from a North American Private Collection

Circle of François Boucher

Circle of François Boucher

An allegory of painting

An allegory of painting

Estimate:

10,000

to
- 15,000 USD

Lot sold:

11,340

USD

Property from a North American Private Collection

Circle of François Boucher

An allegory of painting


oil on panel

panel: 10 1/4 by 13 3/4 in.; 26 by 34.8 cm.

framed: 16 1/4 by 20 in.; 41.3 by 50.8 cm. 

The panel is stable and uncradled. The paint layer remains thick and vibrant, with impasto in a number of the fluid brushstrokes. The colors are bright and the varnish is even and glossy. Under ultraviolet light there are two areas of uneven varnish in the upper right corner which flouresce slightly but otherwise no retouchings are visible. The painting is in very good condition and offered in a carved black frame.


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Anonymous sale, London, Crhstie's, 18 May 1979, lot ?, as by Baudouin;
With Dr. W. Katz, Bond St. (as attributed to Boucher);
With Agnew’s, London, 1987;
Anonymous sale, London, Christie’s, 19 April 1991, lot ? (in the printed catalogue as by Julien de Parme, with a sale room notice as by Noel Hallé);
There acquired by Marcello Violante;
New York, Sotheby's, January the ? 2006, lot ?, as ? ;
With Noortman, Amsterdam, 2010 (as by Boucher);
Anonymous sale, Zurich, Koller Auctions, 31 March 2011, lot 3110;
There acquired by the present collector. 
Pimlico, Chaucer Gallery, 1991 (as French School, c. 1765).

The artist of this delightful sketch has continued to elude scholars, and it has been associated with a number of different artists in recent years. It is clear, however, that is inspired both in style and subject matter by François Boucher, and likely comes from an artist working closely in his ambit. Another version of the composition is in the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Lille1 and though it was formerly attributed to Noël Hallé, it is now catalogued as "attributed to Boucher." 


1. See Catalogue Sommaire: II: Ecole française, Lille 2001, p. 45