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The Contented Shepherd - Exquisite Framed Print of Watteau Engraving

This is an exquisitely framed print of an 18th century engraving. The scene is pure romance and very popular during that era. In the center, there is a couple in a country setting. While the dog and sheep wait nearby, the shepherd is serenading the lady. The colors are soft and muted pastels and the entire scene has a rococo style framing with the title “The Contented Shepherd” shown under it. The artist is JEAN ANTOINE WATTEAU (1684-1721).

Note: I have two prints and am listing them separately. Both are of couples in countryside settings. The frames are identical, ivory colored with gilded corners, perfect for these prints. There is no signature and I’m unable to see whether there is any additional printing under the lip of the frame. The back of both pictures has the name “Watteau” and some numbers.

The truth is that I really can’t tell you much more without removing them from the frames and taking them to an appraiser. However, the consensus so far has been that they are beautiful but even though they appear to be old, they are most likely prints made in the early part of the 20th century.

Decorating ideas: The frame is as beautiful as the picture--so this could be used as a dressing table tray or to create the top for a small side table. Hung as a pair, they are truly stunning.

The companion piece, also in my shop, is "The Happy Meeting":

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Size: 13-½” x 19-½”

The Contented Shepherd - Exquisite Framed Print of Watteau Engraving


  • Vintage item
  • Materials: wood, paper, metal
  • Only ships within United States.
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