about 1732
After Nicolas Lancret (French, 1690–1743), Engraved by Charles Nicolas Cochin, père (French, 1688–1754)

Object Place: Italy (?)


Guard: 29 cm (11 7/16 in.); maximum open: 48.5 cm (19 1/8 in.); arc: 130°

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Skin leaf painted in gouache; pierced and carved mother-of-pearl sticks; paste

Not On View


Textiles and Fashion Arts



Single skin leaf. Obverse: “The Fruit Pickers” (after the painting “La Terre” by Nicholas Lancret), pastoral scene of men and women picking fruit and tending flowers primarily in grays and oranges, narrow green border. Reverse: young couple playing with whirl-a-gig, black wavy lines on blades, narrow green border. Eighteen pierced and carved mother-of-pearl sticks in conventionalized design of figures, mythological animals and flowers, diamond paste studs in rivet.


Before 1976, Collection DeWitt Clinton Cohen; by 1976, Collection, Esther Oldham, gift of Esther Oldham to MFA, June 9, 1976.

Credit Line

Oldham Collection