Spring: Miniature Painting on Ivory after François Boucher (French, 1703-1770). French, 19th century.
A miniature rectangular painting on ivory after the painting titled "Les charmes du printemps" by François Boucher, housed in wood and brass frame. Idyllic landscape with, at centre, a young man putting flowers into the hair of a young peasant woman seated beside him.
Dimensions: 12x9cm (4,72x3,54 in.) sight, 19,2x16 cm (7,56x6,3 in.) frame
From a series of four plates representing the Four Seasons after François Boucher. Boucher broke with the traditionally depiction of labours perfomed during each season, and instead chose to paint pleasant pasttimes. Boucher's Four Seasons were once believed to have been commissioned for Madame de Pompadour, mistress of French King Louis XV. It has even been suggested that Madame de Pompadour is the woman depicted in 'Winter'.