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    Sale 5444

    Town & Country Perspectives - The Charles Plante Collection

    4 June 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 496

    HILAIRE THIERRY (FRENCH, EARLY 19TH CENTURY)

    The Château at Chatillon-Coligny-Montmorency of the Montmorency family, observed through a window from a neo-classical picture gallery

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    HILAIRE THIERRY (FRENCH, EARLY 19TH CENTURY)
    The Château at Chatillon-Coligny-Montmorency of the Montmorency family, observed through a window from a neo-classical picture gallery
    signed 'Thierry' (lower right)
    pen and brown ink and watercolour
    9½ x 12¼ in. (24.1 x 31.1 cm.)


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    The drawing offered here is an evocation of the Château at Chatillon-Coligny-Montmorency lost by the Montmorency family during the Revolution. The drawing was most likely commissioned by Charles Emmanuel Sigismond de Montmorency-Luxembourg (b.1774) who was the last of the great Maréchal line. The vignettes that flank the main vista depict places of exile used by the Montmorency family during the Revolution and include other Châteaux at Neuilly, Epiney and Jouey.
    The classically draped female figure with a raised sword is reminiscent of Themis, the embodiment of divine order and justice, who seems to have dramatically raised the Bourbon flag upon the romantic vision of the lost château. The strong architectural framework headed by the Montmorency coat-of-arms articulates the family's allegiance to the legitimist cause in France.

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    Literature

    C.Plante, Inside Out: Historic Watercolour Drawings, Oil sketches and Paintings of Interiors and Exteriors 1770-1870, London, 2000, no. 15.