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    Sale 1940

    19th Century Furniture, Sculpture, Works of Art and Ceramics

    25 October 2007, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 511

    A BERLIN (K.P.M.) OVAL PLAQUE, LA LAITIÈRE

    LATE 19TH/20TH CENTURY, IMPRESSED MONOGRAM AND SCEPTRE MARK

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    A BERLIN (K.P.M.) OVAL PLAQUE, LA LAITIÈRE
    Late 19th/20th century, impressed monogram and sceptre mark
    Painted after J. Greuze with a three-quarter length portrait of a milk-maid leaning against a cart horse, a ladle in one hand the reins in the other
    9 x 6½ in. (22.9 x 16.5 cm.), within a velvet and carved giltwood rectangular frame


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    Jean-Baptiste Greuze (French, 1725 - 1805)
    The present plaque was inspired by the picture in the Louvre, Paris.

    After the great success of his work 'Father Reading Bible To His Family' at the Salon of 1755, Jean-Baptiste Greuze went on to become a famed painter of genre scenes. Labelled by Diderot as 'morality in paint', these sentimental works later gave way to portraits of beautiful, often scantily clad, young maidens, much in the same taste as the present example. See William J. Feldstein Jr., Christie's, New York, 11 April 2007, lot 170 for a cabinet plate painted with this subject.