Nicolas de Largillière (Paris 1656-1746)
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Nicolas de Largillière (Paris 1656-1746)

Portrait of a lady, traditionally identified as the Duchess of Phalaris, seated, three-quarter-length, in a red and gold silk dress, as Flora

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Nicolas de Largillière (Paris 1656-1746)
Portrait of a lady, traditionally identified as the Duchess of Phalaris, seated, three-quarter-length, in a red and gold silk dress, as Flora
oil on canvas
54½ x 41¾ in. (138.5 x 106.1 cm.)
Provenance
with Cailleux, Paris.
The Comtesse de Leusse, Paris, until 1966; sale, Palais Galliéra, Paris, 10 June 1966, lot 20.
Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 7 July 1989, lot 78.
Literature

To be included in forthcoming Catalogue raisonné de l'Oeuvre de Nicolas de Largillière by Dr. Dominique Brême.
Exhibited
London, Heim Gallery, French Paintings and Sculpture of the 17th and 18th Century, 6 June-31 August, no. 12.
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Lot Essay

The painting was sold in Paris in 1966 as the Portrait of the Duchesse de Phalaris, one of the several mistresses of Philippe II, Duke of Orléans, Regent from 1715 to 1723. In this portrait Largillière displays his skills as a painter of portraits and sumptuous drapery, as well as flowers.

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