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    Sale 7550

    Important Portrait Miniatures and Gold Boxes

    9 December 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 226

    ATTRIBUTED TO ALEXANDER COOPER (BRITISH, 1605-1669)

    A young nobleman, in white doublet, slashed to reveal black, white lawn collar, long curling brown hair and moustache

    Price Realised  

    ATTRIBUTED TO ALEXANDER COOPER (BRITISH, 1605-1669)
    A young nobleman, in white doublet, slashed to reveal black, white lawn collar, long curling brown hair and moustache
    on vellum laid down on playing card
    oval, 1 3/16 in. (30 mm.) high, parcel-enamelled gold and gilt-metal reliquary-style frame with pierced outer border, marked with a French post-1893 import mark for 18 carat gold, glazed reverse


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    Provenance

    John Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) Collection, New York; Christie's, London, 24 June 1935, lot 86 (40 gns. to Dr Beets).
    Christie's, London, 27 March 1985, lot 368.


    Literature

    G. C. Williamson, Catalogue of The Collection of Miniatures, the property of J. Pierpont Morgan, London, 1906, III, no. 393 (as 'Gaston, Duc d'Orléans').
    A. Darmon, 'Les miniatures: du grand art', in Art et Valeurs, no. 11, February 1990, illustrated in colour p. 16 (as by Alexander Cooper).