School of Jean Bérain

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School of Jean Bérain
Stage Set with a Palace Interior, lined by Ionic Columns and Allegorical Female Figures, a Bridge and Fantastic Temple in the Distance
ca. 1680
Pen and black ink and wash on gray paper.
10 3/4 x 14 1/2 inches (273 x 368 mm)
Gift of Mrs. Donald M. Oenslager, 1982.

This stage set partakes of elements found in Berain's designs but is not by the great master of the French baroque stage. At left the colonnade is adorned with figures of Justice and Prudence with Abundance holding a cornucopia. The bridge in the background is adorned with figural groups, including a River God and Goddess at center, who pour water onto a group adorning a fountain on the face of the bridge support. The architecture, to the left and right of the arch, is decorated with military trophies. There is a view to a military encampment in the background. It is clearly a working drawing, as the artist added two columns supporting the arch over existing figures. Despite the abundance of detail, the sheet has yet to be connected with a specific performance.

Jacques Tardieu (1857-1944), Marseille (Lugt 1541a); Schaeffer Galleries, New York; from which acquired in 1963 by Donald M. Oenslager (1902-1975), New York; by descent to his wife, Mary P. Oenslager (1897-1995), New York.
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Oenslager, Donald, 1902-1975, former owner.

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