The Little gardener

François Boucher

The Little gardener

Boucher, François

París, 1703 - 1770

The Little gardener, ca. 1754 (Petite Jardinière) (Girl Leaning on a Rake)

© Colección Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza

Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection.

Oil on canvas

46,5 x 38 cm

CTB.2014.121.1

Artwork history

  • Sale, París. Hotel Drouot, 29 April 1892, lots 3 and 4.

  • Henry T, Dortic, Paris.

  • Sale New York, American Art Association, 14-15 December 1923, lots 508 and 509.

  • Count Alfonso P Villa, New York. By whose Estate sold (“Property 01 the Estate of the Late Count Allonso P. Villa”), New York, Parke-Bernet Galleries, 12 March 1969, lot 45 (as a pair).

  • C. Michael Paul Collection.

  • Anonymous sale, London, Sotheby’s, 16 July 1969, lot 46A (as a pair), to P. Elsbury lot for £950. With Francois Heim, by 1979.

  • Anonymous sale, Monaco, Sotheby’s, 22 June 1985, lot 167 (as a pair).

  • Madame Perrine Deguemp, Neuilly, France, unti11987; from whom acquired by private collection.

  •  Sotheby’s auctions, New York, June 6th, 2014. Old Master Paintings, lot 90.

  • Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection.

1991

Tokyo, Wildenstein & Co.: Frencois Boucher, 19 April- 31 May 1991, nos, 8 and 9, reproduced.

  • -A. Michel, François Boucher, Paris, n.d. [1906], p. 87, no. 1556.

  • -A. Ananoff, François Boucher, Paris 1976, vol. 11, p.129, cat. n. 449 & 450, reproduced figs. 1263 & 1264.

  • -A. Ananoff, L’Opera Completa di Boucher, Milano, 1980, p.123, cat. n. 470 & 471, reproduced p. 124.

  • -Stair Sainty Matthiesen, François Boucher, His Circle and Influence, [Exhibition catalogue], New York, 1987, p. 61. under cat. no. 37.

  • -EA, Standen, “Country Children: Some Enfants de Boucher in Gobelins Tapestry,” in Metropolitan Museum Journal, XXIX, 1994, pp. 120-121, 124, 131, notes 56 & 57, reproduced, figs. 36 and 38.

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