Screen design depicting two Chinese boys, one eating a slice of melon, while the other points his finger and holds a melon still attached to the tree above them. Image framed by rocaille design with vegetal and floral motifs.


  • Title: Fire Screen: The Sense of Taste
  • Creator: François Boucher
  • Date Created: ca. 1750
  • Type: Print
  • Rights: Gift of Eleanor and Sarah Hewitt
  • Medium: Etching, printed from two plates, hand colored with brush and watercolor on paper
  • Provenance: Leon Decloux
  • Markings: Watermark: rosary (?)
  • Inscribed: Inscribed on outer plate, lower center: a Paris chez Charpentier rue S. Jacques au Cocq avec Priv. du Roy.; on inner plate, lower left: C. P. Maj.; lower right: Mart Engelbrecht ex A. V.
  • Exhibitions: New York, CHNDM, "Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008", March 7 - July 6, 2008.
  • Dimensions: 79 x 55.2 cm (31 1/8 x 21 3/4 in.)

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