Benoît Massou, Anselme Flamen, and Nicolas Rebillé
A Garden Allegory: The Dew and Zephyr Cultivating Flowers
180.5 x 77.2 x 67.3 cm (71 1/16 x 30 3/8 x 26 1/2 in)
Possibly Marquis de Marigny, Chateau de la Muette, after 1746 until before 1787. Sir Harold Wernher, London; (sale, Christie, Manson & Woods, London, 25-26 November 1946, 2nd day, no. 388, as Allegory of Spring by J.B. Lemoyne); Leonard Foster.  (Wildenstein & Co., New York); sold June 1949 to the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, New York;  gift 1952 to NGA.  The sale catalogue in the Knoedler British Sales microfiche (copy in NGA curatorial files) is annotated with the buyer's name "Foster." Michèle Beaulieu, "Un Grand Sculpteur Méconnu, Robert Le Lorrain," Jardin des Arts 20 (June 1956): 490, identifies the buyer as Leonard Foster, esq.  The Wildenstein invoice to the Kress Foundation for 16 items, including this sculpture, is dated 23 June 1949 (copy in NGA curatorial files). The sculpture is listed as "La Rosée" by Robert Le Lorrain, and the previous collections listed are "Marquis de Marigny, Chateau de la Muette and Collection Wernher."