François Meuret (1800-1887)

François Meuret (1800-1887)

Louis-Philippe, King of the French, facing right in double-breasted brown coat with olive-green velvet collar, white waistcoat and knotted cravat, red sash of the Royal French Order of the Legion of Honour, curly dark hair and greying sideburns

signed, right 'Meuret d'après F. Winterhalter.'
rectangular, 5 x 3 7/8in. (126 x 98mm.), gilt-metal mount cast with a palmette and fleur-de-lys border on a veneered wooden panel with easel stand
by direct family descent to the previous owner: from the sitter's wife Queen Marie-Amélie to their second son, Louis-Charles-Philippe d'Orléans, Duc de Nemours; Ferdinand-Philippe-Marie d'Orléans, Duc d'Alençon (1844-1910), second son of the latter; Philippe-Emmanuel d'Orléans, Duc de Vendôme (1872-1931), son of the latter; Charles-Philippe d'Orléans, Duc de Nemours (1905-1970), first son of the latter; Duchesse de Nemours née Margaret Watson (1899-1993), wife of the latter; her sale, Paris, Hôtel Drouot, 10-11 March 1971, lot 274
Paris, Galerie Marigny, Miniatures du XVIe au XIXe siècle, 1985, no. 190, ill. p. 37 pl. XXIII

Lot Essay

Louis-Philippe d'Orléans (1773-1850), son of Philippe-Egalité and his wife Louise-Marie de Bourbon-Penthièvre, married Marie-Amélie of Bourbon-Naples (see lot 110) in 1809. He became King of the French in 1830 after the abdication of King Charles X and reigned until the Revolution of 1848. He died at Claremont, formerly the home of Princess Charlotte and Prince Leopold. According to the 1971 Duchesse de Nemours sale catalogue notice, the present miniature used to be placed on Queen Marie-Amélie's desk at Claremont castle.

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