Unmounted fan leaf

about 1637
Abraham Bosse (French, 1604–1676)

Object Place: France


54 x 25.3 cm (21 1/4 x 9 15/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Etching and engraving on paper

Not On View


Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Unmounted paper fan leaf. Black engraved with three cartouches: Paris giving Venus a Golden Apple with two women, cupid, turkey, and a cow in pastoral setting center; Cupid on cloud over ships and shore left; Cupid on cloud over city right; stylized frames; urns on pedestals between; decorative border of vegetative scrollwork with cupids across top and around central cartouche. Inscribed “Faict par A Bosse avec Privilege du Roy pour cinq ans 1637.”


Esther Oldham Collection, to MFA 1976

Credit Line

Oldham Collection