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    Sale 1986

    Important Old Master Paintings Part I And Part II

    15 April 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 63

    Hyacinthe Rigaud Perpignan 1659-1743 Paris

    Portrait of Jean-Louis de Roll-Montpellier, half-length, in a blue and gold robe

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    Hyacinthe Rigaud Perpignan 1659-1743 Paris
    Portrait of Jean-Louis de Roll-Montpellier, half-length, in a blue and gold robe
    oil on canvas
    36 x 29 in. 91.4 x 73.7 cm.


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    The sitter in the present portrait is Jean-Louis de Roll-Montpellier, a member of a family from Bayonne. Lord and Baron of Lasse as well as the King's councillor, he became Chief Magistrate and Mayor of Bayonne between 1738 and 1740, and was decorated with the Order of St. Michael. The present portrait dates to 1713, the year of his marriage to Anne de Mimiague.

    Hyacinthe Rigaud spent time as pupil or assistant to both François de Troy and Nicolas de Largillierre, but over the course of his career he became wealthier and more celebrated than either of their masters. His mature portraits, of which the present work is an example, often positioned his subject so that glance and gesture were in opposition, thus increasing the sense of movement and dynamism. Rigaud also excelled in the representation of sumptuous fabrics, perhaps most impressively in his famous portrait of Louis XIV (Museo del Prado, Madrid). Here, Jean-Louis de Roll-Montpellier is represented in a blue velvet robe, and Rigaud intentionally turns over the edge of the drapery in order to paint the rich gold brocade lining.

    Provenance

    Anonymous sale; Rieunier & Bailly-Pommery, Paris, 11 December 1989, lot 54.
    with Colnaghi, London,
    from whom purchased by the present owner.


    Literature

    J. Roman, Le livre de raison du peintre Hyacinth Rigaud, Paris, 1919, p. 169.