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Francois Boucher 1703–1770 FR 'Portrait of Madame de Pompadour' 1756 - Rockoko. planty. background. foreground. clothing. props.

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Portrait of Madame Begeret, 1746 ~ by François Boucher (1703-70). Her husband was a patron of Boucher's -- likely introduced Boucher to Madame Pompadour, his most important and long-standing client...

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Madame Pompadour, mistress de officialle of King Louis XV of France in a lovely dress typical of the 1700s. Her shoes are called mules. (2nd picture.)

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Oh la la! Lavish 250-year-old desk where King of France's mistress Madame de Pompadour penned her love letters goes under the hammer (and it could be yours for a cool £5m)

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