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After Jean Baptiste Greuze (French, 1725-1805) La Cruche Cassé (The Broken Jug)

Auction:
2888B
Lot:
565
Sold for:
$984$800

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Auction:
European Furniture & Decorative Arts - 2888B
Location:
Boston
Date / Time :
April 08, 2016 10:00AM

Description:

After Jean Baptiste Greuze (French, 1725-1805)

La Cruche Cassé (The Broken Jug)
Unsigned.
Oil on canvas, 44 3/4 x 35 in. (114.0 x 89.0 cm), framed.
Condition: Fine craquelure, abrasions, discolored varnish, surface grime.

N.B. The original work by Greuze, painted in 1771, is in the collection of the Louvre in Paris. This copy is close in size to the original.
Estimate $1,200-1,800

The stretcher is rectangular and the work is framed with spandrels to create the oval format. The work was not removed from its frame during cataloging, so the areas behind the spandrels were not checked for any inscriptions. The stretcher shows damage in the u.r. corner when viewed from the back. Various chalk inscriptions including "K2341/NG1-1" on the reverse and ""FYFE 14-11..." on the stretcher.

The "abrasion" presents as a vertical line, located c.r. along the edge of the fountain down into the girl's left sleeve, overall 3 1/2 inches. Without magnification, it appears to take the form of a drip rather than a scratch, since the surface is smooth, but there also appears to be pigment loss beneath the surface.


The absence of a condition statement does not imply that the lot is in perfect condition or completely free from wear and tear, imperfections or the effects of aging. Condition requests can be obtained via email (lot inquiry button) or by telephone to the appropriate gallery location (Boston/617.350.5400 or Marlborough/508.970.3000). Any condition statement given, as a courtesy to a client, is only an opinion and should not be treated as a statement of fact. Skinner Inc. shall have no responsibility for any error or omission.

Keywords

Jean Baptiste Greuze, Craquelure, Jean-Baptiste Greuze, Paris

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