• Centuries of Style: Silver, Eu auction at Christies

    Sale 7800

    Centuries of Style: Silver, European Ceramics, Portrait Miniatures and Gold Boxes

    17 November 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 76


    Price Realised  

    King Louis XV of France (1710-1774), in red coat with gold buttons, lace cravat, a plumed tricorn under his right arm, wearing the blue moiré sash of the Royal French Order of the St Esprit, in an interior
    on ivory
    2 1/8 in. (54 mm.) diam., gilt-metal mount within ormolu frame with beaded border and ribbon surmount

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    The present miniature derives from a rectangular pastel portrait by Jean-Étienne Liotard (Swiss, 1702-1789), which is thought to be the one listed in Liotard's records of works supplied to the royal family as 'Le 31 septembre 1751: 1 portrait du Roy'. The picture is now in the Collection of the Fondazione Ordine Mauriziano, Stupinigi, Turin. The records also show that in May and July 1751, Liotard executed two portrait miniatures of the king to decorate boxes. For further information, see M. Roethlisberger et al., Liotard, Doornspijk, 2008, vol. I, pp. 389-391, illustrated II, pl. 287.

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