1738 · Paris
Large engraving on laid paper, with eight lines of poetry in French, publisher's logo at bottom (19 3/4 x 15 1/2"). Large margins. Slightly soiled, two minor marginal tears, minor tape remains verso. Very good copy. La Danse is created in the lyrically charming and graceful Rococo style, perhaps based on Watteau**.
The scene pictures eight figures in a clearing with a cupid upper right (seemingly not a statue) looking down on the scene. At left a boy plays a pipe while a couple center left dances. She holds his hand while he extends his left arm holding a castanet. To the right, one couple embraces while one couple reclines watching the dancers. A lone woman, perhaps a sympathetic chaperon, stands above the two couple with shawl extended.
NYPL has an example with the description "Six members of the court at Versailles in an outdoor setting" https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/08eb9d80-2988-0133-1758-58d385a7bbd0
*Les Plaisirs de la Jeunesse. A paris chez Filloeul à l'entrée de la ruë du Fouare, au bâtiment neuf, par la ruë Galande. Tiré du Cabinet de M.r le Président de Ségur Avec Privilége du Roy Paterre Pinxit. Filloeul Sculp 1739.
A set of elegant images of four engravings illustrating four amusements of youth including, blind-man's buff, flirting, conversation, dancing: Colin-Maillard. [&] Le Concert Amoureux. [&] La Conversation Interessante. [&] La Danse. **Christies offered in 1979 a painting of this scene, probably based on the Filloeul engraving but cautioned it "should not be described as in the style of Watteau except in the broadest sense..." Provenance: H. Baron de Triquet (1802-1874), with his stamp next to title. Lugt, no. 1304. (Inventory #: 983820)