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        The Bird Organ or A Woman Varying Her Pleasures, 1751

        Chardin, Jean-Baptiste Simeon (1699-1779); French. Medium: oil on canvas. Date: 1751. La Serinette ou Une Dame Variant ses Amusements; a serinette is a small barrel organ and was used to teach tunes to canary birds; this musical instrument first appeared in the 17th and 18th centuries in France; painting ordered for the French King, Louis XV, in 1751; the artist was paid 1500 livres in 1752; Provenance: Louvre, Paris, France / Giraudon. Photographic Rights The Bridgeman Art Library.


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