Rare panoramic screen with four leaves representing a park scene in a rock-garden cartouche made up of shells and acanthus scrolls side by side.
A large water buffet serves as the backdrop to our stage.
It presents a classic French architecture, with a central staircase backed by a large fountain with two superimposed steps.
Marble Medici vases adorn the balustrades, while two beautiful statues representing Poseidon and an allegory of a spring, enrich the pools of this luxurious castle park.
In the middle of this bucolic landscape, many characters of the nobility, in court clothes, walk peacefully.
At the bottom of the steps, a couple is dancing to the sound of the transverse flute, while Pierrot, sitting on the edge of the steps, charms his colombine.
On the reverse, eight trompe l'oeil windows display projects of vases and rockeries, in shades of red imitating red blood.
Oil on canvas.
Very good state of conservation.
French work from the Louis XV period around 1740 attributable to Jacques de Lajoüe. *
Height: 175 cm; Width: 230 cm (56 cm per sheet)
-Drawings by J. Lajoüe from a buffet project booklet are kept at the Stockholm Museum.
We can recognize the same Medici vases and the same fountains.
-A six-leaf screen by Jacques de Lajoüe is kept at the Petit Palais museum in Paris (Inv N ° PDUT874)
* Jacques de Lajoüe (born in Paris in 1686 (or 1687) where he died April 12, 1761) is a French painter.
Married to Marie Derlin, he is the father of Jacques Gabriel, born June 5, 1730, only son, future prosecutor at Châtelet.
The painter, his wife and his son are represented in the work The Artist's Family, visible in the Louvre.
Specializing in paintings of ornaments and architectural subjects, influenced by Boucher, he was one of the most typical rococo painters of the 18th century. He became a member of the Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture in 1721. He was also a skilled decorator and designer-architect.
In particular, in 1740 he published a collection of engravings with decorative rockery motifs, Landscapes and Perspectives.
Our opinion :
Few panoramic screens from great painters such as Boucher, Pillement, Vernet or Lajoüe have come down to us.
Our model is typical of the art of Lajoüe who was one of the great representatives of French baroque art; it takes up the three main leimotivs of the master, namely the cartridges of rockery frames, the architectural decorations of castle parks and the gallant scenes inspired by the painter Watteau.
The very good condition and the freshness of the colors of our screen make it particularly decorative, but much more than a simple utilitarian object, it is a moving testimony of this French art of living.
Even though its original sponsor is unknown to us, it is very likely that our screen came from a prestigious building, Lajoüe having worked as a decorator for illustrious clients, including the Regent, his family and many close friends.