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    Sale 12109

    Old Masters

    26 October 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 93

    French School, 17th Century

    Le prince des brigands (The robber prince)

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    French School, 17th Century
    Le prince des brigands (The robber prince)
    oil on panel
    17 ¼ x 11 ¼ in. (43.8 x 28.6 cm.)


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    This painting bears a strong resemblance to the watercolors of Henri de Gissey, who was the ‘dessinateur de la Chambre et du cabinet de Roi aux Menus Plaisirs' during the first part of the reign of King Louis XIV, in which role he oversaw the preparations for grand events and formal occasions. Gissey created lavish costume designs for the courtiers participating in royal ceremonies and festivities, such as the Ballet de la Nuit in 1653, Cavalcade du Palais-Royal in 1656 and Carrousel in 1662.

    Provenance

    (Possibly) Camille Groult (1832-1908), Paris, and by descent to his grandson
    Pierre Bordeaux-Groult (1916-2007), Paris, by whom presented to
    Pierre Christian Taittinger (1926-2009), Paris; (†), Drouot-Richelieu, Paris, 20 October 2001, lot 165, where acquired by the following.
    Private collection.