• The William F. Reilly Collecti auction at Christies

    Sale 2273

    The William F. Reilly Collection

    14 October 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 1

    A FRENCH CUIR BOUILLE PORTRAIT OF LOUIS XIV

    AFTER FRANCOIS GIRARDON, EARLY 18TH CENTURY, THE FRAME SECOND QUARTER 18TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A FRENCH CUIR BOUILLE PORTRAIT OF LOUIS XIV
    AFTER FRANCOIS GIRARDON, EARLY 18TH CENTURY, THE FRAME SECOND QUARTER 18TH CENTURY
    Depicted in profile, wearing armor, within a Louis XV giltwood frame with partial printed paper label for CH. POTTIER EMBALLAMEUR-PACKER/PARIS, and with a further paper label with painted '2919', the leather rebacked
    28 in. (71 cm.) high, 22½ in. (57 cm.) wide (the portrait), 36 in. (91.5 cm.) high, 30½ in. (77.5 cm.) wide, overall


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    This repoussé leather portrait probably derives from the circular medallion by François Girardon (1628-1715) that featured amongst the bas-relief compositions presented by the sculptor to his native city of Troyes in 1687. Placed above a mantelpiece in the hôtel de Ville, Troyes, in 1690, the bas-relief remains in situ to this day.

    Girardon's celebrated portrait medallion of Louis XIV inspired several contemporary and slightly later versions, including the oval example in marble in the Basilica Saint-Denis, Paris, which was acquired by Alexandre Lenoir in the early 19th Century for the Musée des Monuments Français and subsequently incorporated within the cenotaph to Louis XIV erected in 1843. A further related medallion, executed in repoussé leather, is in the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Bordeaux.

    Provenance

    Anonymous Sale; Sotheby's, Zurich, 3 June 1997, lot 11
    The Property of a New York Collector; Christie's, New York, 18 October 2002, lot 568.


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