4 June 2014
Nicolas de Largillièrre (Paris 1656-1746)
Portrait of Baroness Le Leu d'Aubilly, full-length, in a white dress with a gold trim and a blue wrap, and her daughter Madame de Guinaumont, seated, in a red dress, holding a wreath of flowers, in a wooded landscape
signed and dated 'Largillièrre. 1718' (lower left)
oil on canvas
65¾ x 53 in. (167 x 134.5 cm.)
In the family of the sitter, and by descent.
Anonymous sale; Christie's, Paris, 20 June 2007, lot 57 (144,000 Euros).
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G. Pascal, Largillierre, Paris, 1928, pp. 56-57, no. 16.
Paris, Museé du Louvre, salle des Etats, Exposition de tableaux, statues et objets d'art au profit de l'oeuvre des Orphelins d'Alsace-Lorraine, 1885.
This spectacular, signed and dated, large-scale double portrait represents Marie Lelarge, wife of Nicolas Le Leu, the enormously rich seigneur of Cernay and the barony of Aubilly, reçeveur des tailles (tax collector) for the province of Reims, and Secretary to the King in 1712. Their daughter Nicole married Pierre-Louis Loisson, seigneur de Guinaumont, in 1723; widowed, she married again, to Pierre Daulnay de Coulanges.
We are grateful to Dominique Brême for having confirmed the attribution to Largillièrre after examining the painting. M. Brême will include this work in his forthcoming catalogue raisonné of the artist's paintings.
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