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    Sale 1986

    Important Old Master Paintings Part I And Part II

    15 April 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 203

    Attributed to Jean-Baptiste Martin Paris 1659-1735

    An equestrian portrait

    Price Realised  

    Attributed to Jean-Baptiste Martin Paris 1659-1735
    An equestrian portrait
    oil on canvas
    23 5/8 x 19 3/8 in. 60 x 49.2 cm.


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    Jean-Baptiste Martin, known as Martin des Batailles, trained in the studio of Laurent de la Hyre where he was recognized for his skill in drawing plans and elevations of fortified sites. He collaborated with the battle painter Adam Frans van der Meulen and served as the official artist on many of Louis XIV's campaigns.

    Ambassador David K.E. Bruce had a long and distinguished career in the diplomatic corps, serving as ambassador to France from 1949 to 1952, West Germany from 1957 to 1969 and the United Kingdom from 1961 to 1969. He was an envoy at the Paris peace talks between the United States and North Vietnam in 1970-71 and was the first United States emissary to the People's Republic of China in 1973-74. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in February 1976.

    Provenance

    Collection of Ambassador David K.E. Bruce and Evangeline Bell Bruce;
    and by descent to the present owners.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM THE ESTATE OF AMBASSADOR DAVID K. E. BRUCE