Manner of Antoine Watteau (France/Netherlands, 1684-1721) oil on canvas landscape with four central figures: the Commedia dell'arte clown Pierrot, seated on the ground with his guitar, while two well dressed young women and another man, sit above him on a bench; the back of a tall sculpture of nude woman towers over the group, while two men, partly concealed by foliage, watch on from the darkened background. Roses and a discarded piece of clothing are visible lower left foreground. Unsigned and unframed. Two illegible stamps en verso of canvas and a red wax seal on top stretcher. 22" H x 18"W. Provenance: private Nashville, TN collection, by descent from the estates of Edith and Richard Mickenhagen, Munich, Germany and San Paolo, Brazil. CONDITION: Canvas appears to be 18th century or earlier and has been relined, with opaque varnish; only minimal background inpainting is visible under UV light. Impact craquelure lower right quadrant; other scattered minor cracquelure throughout. Scattered small areas of background flaking, most noticeable upper center, near sculpture's back. New staples affixing canvas to old, possibly original stretcher.
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