Based on an engraving of 1734 by Laurent Cars (French, Lyons 1699–1771 Paris)
After a composition by François Boucher (French, Paris 1703–1770 Paris)
Overall (confirmed): 6 1/4 in. × 8 in. × 5 3/8 in. (15.9 × 20.3 × 13.7 cm)
Gift of Irwin Untermyer, 1964
Not on view
Chocolate was often consumed at breakfast, usually in the privacy of the bedroom or dressing room. Here, a servant is presenting the beverage to a woman in a dressing gown; there are also sweet Savoy biscuits on the table. Chocolate was considered healthy, particularly for the stomach and the voice, and its consumption was permitted even during the fasting days of Lent, provided it was served without milk or eggs.
Anton Redlich , Vienna (until 1940; sale, Kende Galleries, New York, April 5–6, 1940, lot 47; sold for $4,000); Irwin Untermyer , New York (by 1949–64; to MMA)