A Franco-Flemish double-manual harpsichord,
Detail of the case Bentside decoration 4
The outside of the cheek, bentside and tail are decorated with paintings of putti or cupids engaged in various amorous pursuits which, collectively, might be called The Triumph of Love. Here they can be seen returning from the hunt with their chosen victim pulled along in a golden chariot. Other scenes show similar figures engaged in sharpening their arrows, and in target practice.
The painting of the central charioteer figure has been little re-touched and is one of the most convincing indications that francois Boucher is the author of the figure paintings. The putti are remarkably similar to a number of paintings by Boucher in various museums and galleries throughout Europe and North America.
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