Watteau, Antoine (Valenciennes 1684 – Nogent-sur-Marne 1721). The Terrace – Die Terrasse. Two separate companies in a park, the one in front with guitarist trying to win his belle. On the left a gallant shows his reverence to the back of a stone nymph while on the right two young girls rob a rose bush. Steel engraving by (supposedly Edward John, about 1797 – 1865) Roberts. C. 1840. Inscribed: Watteau pinxt. / Roberts sc., otherwise as above. 6⅛ × 6⅝ in (15.6 × 16.7 cm).
After the painting in Dresden, close to the Berlin Party in the Open with its central bench group, in its composition also to the Isle of Cythera in the Städel in Frankfort as expected with precise terrace in the lateral back field, items G 63 and G 9 along with (color) illustrations of the Watteau Catalog Washington etc. 1984/85.
Offer no. 11,877 / EUR 50. (c. US$ 60.) + shipping
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