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    Important Old Master Paintings and Sculpture

    28 January 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 278

    Louis-Michel van Loo Toulon 1707-1771 Paris

    Portrait of Jacques Roëttiers, seated half-length, in a lavender coat, holding a medallion

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    Louis-Michel van Loo Toulon 1707-1771 Paris
    Portrait of Jacques Roëttiers, seated half-length, in a lavender coat, holding a medallion
    signed and dated 'L.M. Van Loo 1735' (on the back of the chair)
    oil on canvas
    32 x 25½ in. 81 x 64.5 cm.


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    Jacques Roëttiers (1707-1784), called Roëttiers de la Tour, belonged to a family of French metalsmiths and coin engravers of Flemish origin. Van Loo has depicted him holding a medallion and one of the tools of his craft.

    Jacques' father, Norbert Roëttiers (1766-1727), a native of Antwerp, traveled to France as part of James II's entourage following the Revolution of 1688. The deposed king's son, James Francis Edward Stuart, the Old Pretender, was named Jacques' godfather. After Jacques' period of apprenticeship with Thomas Germain, he traveled briefly to England in 1731, but returned to France where he was received as a Master in the Paris guild. He married the daughter of Nicolas Besnier, whom he succeeded in 1737 as orfèvre du roi, goldsmith to the king.

    Jacques created a number of fine examples of Rococo silver, including the Berkeley service of 1735-38 (Niarchos collection, Paris). In 1752 he collaborated with Germain on a Royal service, and during this period his style changed in accordance with contemporary taste, from the more flamboyant Rococo to the more restrained Neoclassical. Toward the end of his career he frequently worked with his son and successor, Jacques Nicolas (b. 1736).

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    This lot is offered without reserve.


    Provenance

    Comtesse de Montfort, Château de Chanteloup.


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    Literature

    C. Buckingham Rolland, 'Louis Michel Van Loo (1707-1771): Member of a Dynasty of Painters', Ph.D. dissertation, University of California - Santa Barbara, 1994, pp. 48, 78, 106, 159, illustrated pl. 32.


    Exhibited

    London, Wildenstein, Portraits: 15th to 19th Centuries, 10 July-10 August 1963, no. 23.