29 - 30 March 2001
A SET OF FOUR LOUIS XVI STYLE PAINTED CANVAS PANELS
Each with four panel division with egg-and-dart surround, the square top panel with classical female head in profile between ribbon-tied crossed laurel branches, the rectangular second panel with canted rectangle containing a female warrior set between opposed scrolled acanthus, the third panel of Vitruvian scroll, the fourth with a large rosette, one inscribed to the reverse Ferme Cour and another Ferme Jardin, each set on a wooden stretcher, one stencilled FC twice in black paint, another FJ, fitted with forged-iron hinges to reverse
87¾in. (223cm.) high, 19¾in. (50cm.) wide (4)
With Gallery de Beaune, Paris.
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It appears that the present panels were grouped as two pairs, perhaps as part of an opera stage set of which a jardin and cour formed part.
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