18 March 2005
Jean-Baptiste Oudry (PARIS 1686-1755 BEAUVAIS)
A La Fontaine Fable: Cellar with mice
signed and dated 'JB.Oudry 1731.'
pen and grey ink, grey wash heightened with white on blue paper
11½ x 9 7/8 in. (310 x 255 mm.)
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