24 January 2008,
New York, Rockefeller Plaza
Price Realised USD 11,250
Attributed to François Boucher (Paris 1703-1770)
A seated female nude
with signature and date 'F. Boucher/1755'
black, white and colored chalks on buff paper, with an additional one inch strip of paper along the top edge
13¾ x 9¼ in. (350 x 235 mm.)
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The same composition was engraved in reverse by Etienne Fessard (see P. Jean-Richard, François Boucher: gravures et dessins provenant du Cabinet des dessins et de la Collection Edmond de Rothschild au Musée du Louvre, Paris, 1978, p. 249, no. 996). The engraving carries Boucher's signature and date 1755, though it was not executed until 1759. A drawing by Boucher for this print was in the collection of the M. Sireuil, former Valet de Chambre du Roi, according to an inscription on the engraving.
Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, London, 30 June 1986, lot 162.
Anonymous sale; Paris, Hôtel Drouot, 28 June 1995, lot 26.
Anonymous sale; Christie's, Paris, 21 March 2002, lot 157A, where acquired by the present owner.