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Léda in Nouveaux Morceaux pour des paravents [New Concepts for Screens]

François Boucher1740

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

One of a set of five panels for a folding screen. Vertical panel design with central scene depicting Leda and the swan, the personification of the god, Zeus. She is flanked by two child figures. The composition includes shells, leafy bushes, trees, and below, a large cartouche with a grotesque mask (top center) and large leaves (interior). A shell cartouche below depicts a pool of water.

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  • Title: Léda in Nouveaux Morceaux pour des paravents [New Concepts for Screens]
  • Creator: François Boucher
  • Date Created: 1740
  • Viewing Notes: The other designs in the series include Rocaille; Hommage Champêtre; Triomphe de Priape, all etched by Claude Duflos; and Triomphe de Pomone (Triumph of Pomona) etched by Charles-Nicolas Cochin the Younger.
  • Provenance: From the Collection of Léon Decloux
  • Paper Support: White laid paper
  • Inscribed: On plate: lower left: F. Boucher invenit.; lower right: Duflos Sculpsit; lower center, in graphite: Leda
  • Dimensions: Platemark: 50.8 x 26.2 cm (20 x 10 5/16 in.)Sheet: 63.9 x 44.5 cm (25 3/16 x 17 1/2 in.)
  • Type: Print
  • Rights: Purchased for the Museum by the Advisory Council
  • Medium: Etching and engraving on white laid paper

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