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stamped on top of the carcase two times (once above each front foreleg): JOSEPH [between two fleurs-de-lys]; painted in black on top rail of the carcase at back: 1; pasted on back of carcase, the trade-card of the _marchand-mercier_ Darnault


Originally with (Darnault, Paris).[1] Dukes of Leeds, Hornby Castle, Yorkshire, by at least 1800;[2] (sale, Christie, Manson & Woods, London, 28 June 1901, no. 100); Charles J. Wertheimer [1842-1911], London;[3] acquired 15 May 1909 by Peter A.B. Widener, Lynnewood Hall, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania; inheritance from Estate of Peter A.B. Widener by gift through power of appointment of Joseph E. Widener, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania; gift 1942 to NGA.

Exhibition History

François Boucher in North American Collections: One Hundred Drawings, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Art Institute of Chicago, 1973-1974, not in catalogue or brochure (shown only in Washington).
The European Vision of America, National Gallery of Art, Washington , D.C., 1975-1976, not in cat., not shown at venues in Cleveland and Paris.


Molinier, Emile. "Le Mobilier Français du XVIIIe Siècle dans les Collections Étrangères." Les Arts, no. 2 (March 1902): 25, repro.
Works of Art from the Widener Collection. Foreword by David Finley and John Walker. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1942: 18.
Boger, Louise Ade. The Complete Guide to Furniture Styles. New York, 1959: pl. 161.
Verlet, Pierre. Les meubles français du XVIIIe siècle. Paris, 1982: 124, 136, fig. 84.
Verlet, Pierre. French Furniture of the Eighteenth Century. Translated by Penelope Hunter-Stiebel. Charlottesville and London, 1991: 109, 125, fig. 84.

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