• Old Masters and 19th Century A auction at Christies

    Sale 7842

    Old Masters and 19th Century Art

    30 April 2010, London, King Street

  • Lot 45

    Studio of François Boucher (Paris 1703-1770)

    Le Moineau apprivoisé

    Price Realised  

    Studio of François Boucher (Paris 1703-1770)
    Le Moineau apprivoisé
    oil on canvas
    44 5/8 x 57¾ in. (113.4 x 116.7 cm.)


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    This painting derives from a lost, early work by François Boucher that is recorded in a print by René Gaillard, entitled Le Moineau apprivoisé ('The Tame Sparrow'; see A. Ananoff, L'opera completa di Boucher, Milan, 1980, p. 89, no. 57). The present picture is in a reverse sense to the print, and must have been painted directly from the prototype, possibly as an overdoor.

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