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Double leaf of paper painted in bodycolour, silvered and gilt. Gold paper binding on upper edge. Sticks and guards of mother-of-pearl (12+2), shaped, pierced, silvered and gilt; the sticks also backed by iridescent shell. Rivet set with clear pastes. Front: Painted overall with an idyllic pastoral scene. On the left, on the banks of a stream, a shepherd boy lies on his stomach turning his head towards the viewer. His crook lies on the ground beside him and behind him there are two sheep and bushes. In the middle a shepherd kneels to a shepherdess who is seated on the side of a monument or fountain. Cupid sits beside them, holding a dove and a boy peers at them from behind a tree. On the right, a boy plays the flute to a girl seated beside him on a bank. Borders of gold and red lines with flowers and foliage at intervals and a gold and silver hatching on the outer edges. Reverse: Painted overall with a landscape featuring an island in a lake or river. In the middle of it, a young man holds out an open cage to a lady seated on a bank beside a tree. Borders of pink flowers and foliage on all sides. Sticks: Each bears two oval medallions showing two different motifs, the lower row includes, male and female heads, probably of theatrical characters, theatrical trophies, and flaming urns, the upper row, fruit, female heads, ewers, cocks and a patera. At the bottom there are smaller motifs, including flowers, musical instruments and insects.Guards: On the lower part, a flower, a rabbit and a patera. On the upper part a trophy, a Pierrot and a half length male portrait in an oval frame (different on each guard).
The central figures were taken from one of a set of four engravings by Claude Duflos, le jeune (1700-86) 'Les Amours Pastorales', after Francois Boucher (1703-70). It was inscribed with a verse beginning 'Silvandre heureux amant, que rien ne t'inquiete'.
France, (maker) (country)
French (maker) (nationality)
Double leaf of paper painted in bodycolour, silvered and gilt. Gold paper binding on upper edge. Sticks and guards of mother-of-pearl (12+2), shaped, pierced, silvered and gilt; the sticks also backed by iridescent shell. Rivet set with clear pastes.
length: (guards): 27.0
3rd quarter 18th Century
Purchased with a grant from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and a gift from The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum
Central motif after an engraving from a set of four by Claude Duflos, le Jeune (1700-86) entitled Les Amours Pastorales after Boucher. The engraving is entitled "Silvandre, heureux amant, que rien ne t'inquiete". Ill. Pierrette Jean-Richard, L'oeuvre grave de F. Boucher dans la Collection Edmond de Rothschild, Musee du Louvre, Paris, 1978, p. 241, No. 931; text p. 240.
M.327-1985 (Applied Arts)