Du Bel âge (copy 1)
Entered September 2022

alte copy 1

Whereabouts unknown

Oil on canvas

20 x 25.5 cm



La Lecture



Frankfurt, 1849, collection of the French ambassador. His sale. It has not been possible to locate this sale catalogue.

Geneva, Piguet Hôtel des ventes, September 21, 2022, lot 5001: ”Antoine Watteau . . . , école de, La lecture, huile sur toile, 20x25,5 cm. Etiquette au verso: ‘Purchased from the French Ambassador's Sale at Francfort in 18[49]’ Cachet de cire sur le châssis au verso. Est. 300-500 CHF.”



This dark copy after Watteau’s composition copies the direction of the original painting and not Jean Moyreau’s engraving.  Also it is close in size to the lost painting, which measured approximately 21.6 x 29.7 cm.