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French 18th Century Trompe l'Oeil Painting


This neoclassical trompe l'oeil painting is an allegory of summer. It would have been hung with allegories of the other three seasons over the doors of a salon. Ceres, Roman goddess of agriculture, represents summer, and points to her handmaidens harvesting wheat. She wears a sheaf of wheat as a tiara in her hair. A child representing fertility toys with a basket of succulent fruits. The panel was painted to imitate a stone bas-relief, with shadows cast upwards to correspond with light that would have emanated from windows and candlelight below. Trompe l’oeil panels were in vogue in late 18th century France when the Belgian-born painter Piot-Joseph Sauvage, who specialized in them, was appointed Peintre du Roi under Louis XVI on the eve of the revolution.


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    This painting would have been mounted in paneling, although it could be framed.
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    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 33 in. x W 72 in. x D 1 in.H 83.82 cm x W 182.88 cm x D 2.54 cm
  • Seller Location
    New York, NY
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