French Paintings Sold

Louis-Léopold Boilly

(La Bassée 1761 - Paris 1845)

“Les Conseils Maternels”

Oil on canvas
25 x 20 3/4 in. (63.50 x 52.70 cm.)
18th century

The painting will be included in the forthcoming catalogue raisonne of the works by Louis Léopold Boilly being prepared by Etienne Bréton and Pascal Zuber.

The painting is in a period French 18th century frame, which bears the frame makers stamp on the reverse: Infroit

Inscribed on the reverse: au lieu de vers on voulait que le peintre mit simplement
... > L’hymen ote à l’amour son bandeau.
Danger des marriages d’amourette.
Inventé par M. de Calvet la Palun peint par Louis Boilly 1791 ou leçon d’un mère a sa fille [sic]

Between 1789 and 1791 Calvet de Lapalun commissioned eight paintings from Boilly.
Four of these are in the Musée Sandelin, Saint-Omer.

The present painting is the prime version of a composition treated by Boilly on at least two other occasions. One is in a private collection and the other is in the Musée des ArtsDécoratifs, Paris. The Arts Décoratif picture is en grisaille and forms part of a set of three grisailles, which include Le Cadeau Délicat and On La Tire Aujourd’hui.

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