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    After FRANÇOIS BOUCHER (French, 1703-1770)
    Venus Disarming Cupid (The Bath of Venus), 19th century
    Oil on canvas
    16-1/2 x 13 inches (41.9 x 33.0 cm)

    Possibly the collection of Baron Alfred Charles de Rothschild (1842-1918), Halzon House, near Wendover, Buckinghamshire, England, who owned the prototype now in the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.;
    Private collection, Dallas.

    This handsome painting is a very fine reduced copy of Francois Boucher's well-known work entitled The Bath of Venus of 1751 (107 x 84.8 cm (42 1/8 x 33 3/8 in.)) in the collection of the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. According to a letter dated March 27, 1991 from Boucher scholar Alaister Laing to the present owner of this painting, Mr. Laing notes "before it reached the National Gallery of Art [in 1943],Boucher's painting was never in public ownership, so opportunities for copying it would have been few. I suspect that a reduced copy such as this was made when the original belonged to the Rothschilds, since they had a taste for this kind of reduced copy of a prized possession. I know of another [reduced copy of a Boucher]--Mme. Bergeret, which is also in the NGoA and also ex-Rothschild."

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    Condition Report*: Wax-lined canvas; professional varnish layer; faint craquelure and scattered spots of in-painting throughout composition Framed Dimensions 21 X 17.5 Inches
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    Auction Dates
    November, 2012
    15th Thursday
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