François Boucher and studio - The Muse Erato

Provenance

(Possibly) Madame La Marquise de Pompadour (1721-1764)
her sale (?), Pierre Remy, Paris, 28 April 1766, nr. 18, as 'The Muse Terpsichore', with its pendant 'The Muse Polymnia'
(possibly) Louis-René, Marchal de Sainscy
his sale (?), M. Desmarest, Paris, 29 April 1789, nr. 22, with a second muse
(possibly) Jean-Claude-François Perrin, marquis de Cypierre (1783-1844)
his sale (?), M. Bonnefons-Delavialle, Paris, 10 March 1845, nr. 14
Richard Seymour-Conway, 4th Marquess of Hertford (1800-1870), Paris, and by descent to,
Sir Richard Wallace, 1st Baronet (1818-1890), Paris, and by inheritance to,
Lady Wallace (1819-1897), and by inheritance to,
Sir John Murray Scott (1847-1912), and by inheritance to,
Victoria Sackville-West, Lady Sackville (1862-1936)
with Jacques Seligman, Paris, 1914
with Knoedler, Paris & New York, no. 13513, from whom purchased in 1922 by the following,
Count John McCormack (1884-1945)
Mr W.R. Timken, New York, acquired in 1924, from whom acquired in 1929 by the following,
René Gimpel (1881-1945)
(?) sale Sotheby's, London, 20 June 1951, nr. 42, where acquired by the following
M.J.B. Lester, London
Count Aldo Crespi, Milan
with Newhouse Galleries, New York, 1980
Mr S.T. Fee, Oklahoma City, by whom sold anonymously, Christie's, New York, 9 May 1985, nr. 14, as 'The Muse Terpsichore'
with Stair Sainty Matthiesen, New York, by 1987
anonymous sale, Christie's, New York, 11 January 1991, nr. 82, as 'François Boucher & Studio' ($330,000)
anonymous sale, Sotheby's, New York, 29 January 2009, nr. 67, as 'François Boucher' ($1,314,500), when acquired by the present owner
sale Christie's, London, 6 December 2018, nr. 32

Other works by François Boucher


François Boucher Morning Coffee
Morning Coffee
1738

François Boucher Fountain of Venus
Fountain of Venus
1756

François Boucher The Four Seasons: Autumn
The Four Seasons: Autumn
1755

François Boucher Venus Asking Vulcan for Arms for Aenneas
Venus Asking Vulcan for Arms for Aenneas
1732

François Boucher and studio
The Muse Erato
93.4 x 131.7 cm
Oil on canvas
Sale Christie's, London, 6 December 2018