French School, 18th Century
The Abduction of Proserpine
oil on canvas, in a painted oval; a modello
13¼ x 18 3/8 in. (33.7 x 46.8 cm.)

Lot Essay

Alastair Laing, who has seen photographs of the present painting, places it in the orbit of Jean-François de Troy. However, other scholars have suggested that it might be closer in style to the work of the young Boucher. While a secure attribution may remain elusive, all agree that it is a charming and skilfully painted composition, most likely a preparatory study for a larger decorative work.

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