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LOUIS-FRANÇOIS AUBERT (FRENCH, D. 1755)
Louis XV (1710-1774), King of France 1715-1774, in gilt-bordered armour, wearing a blue cloak decorated with gold fleur-de-lys, a Field Marshal's baton in his right hand; landscape background
signed and dated on the counter-enamel 'LF. aubert. f. 1752'
enamel on gold
oval, 2 in. (50 mm.) wide, gilt-metal frame with stamped border
Provenance
Christie's, London, 15 December 1964, lot 240 (370 gns to Ellison). Christie's, London, 23 June 1981, lot 130.
with Edwin Bucher, Trogen, in 1984.
Galerie Koller, Zurich, 12-18 November 1987, lot 1752.
Literature
S. Humair, 'Miniatures des rois et rois des miniatures', Le Figaro, 27-28 February 1982, illustrated p. 18.
A. Somers Cocks and C. Truman, The Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection. Renaissance jewels, gold boxes and objets de vertu, London, 1984, p. 31, fig. 16.
S. Coffin and B. Hofstetter, The Gilbert Collection. Portrait Miniatures in Enamel, London, 2000, pp. 17 and 28, footnote 9.

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Anna Somers Cocks and Charles Truman (supra) describe the present miniature as follows: 'Aubert's enamel appears to have been popular and distinctive, for so far as is known only one example of his work is signed (fig. 16), and yet enamels are frequently ascribed to his hand in eighteenth-century documents.' A further oval landscape-shaped enamel portrait of Louis XV by Aubert, signed and dated 1752, was sold Christie's, Geneva, 16 May 1995, lot 198.

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