Joyeuseté (A Saute-Mouton)
Gustave Doré (French, 1832–1883)
Object Place: Europe, France
36.5 cm (14 3/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
Knight in full suit of armor jumping leap-frog over back of robed monk. Knight’s sword suspended in air away from his body. Both hands on back of monk, knight’s legs spread out to sides. Monk in hooded robe supports himself with a hand on each knee.
September 27, 1990, anonymous sale, Skinner, Bolton, MA, lot 682. By 1992, Steve Newman Fine Arts, Stamford, CT; 1992, sold by Newman to Samuel Clapp, London; 1992, sold by Clapp to the MFA [see note 1]. (Accession Date: October 28, 1992)
 Notes in the MFA curatorial file, the source of which is unknown, give additional provenance for this piece: January 12, 1899, posthumous Gustave Doré sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, lot 22, to Jim Smith, New York. Sold, February 6, 1927, Parke-Bernet, New York, lot 45. Aga Khan. This information has not been substantiated. The auctions have not been successfully identified, and there were no Parke-Bernet sales in the 1920s.
In memory of John F. Paramino, Boston Sculptor