21 November 2000
ITALIAN SCHOOL, CIRCA 1795
King Louis XVIII (1755-1824) of France when Comte de Provence, facing left in blue coat with silver epaulette, silver waistcoat and lace cravat, white trousers, powdered hair, wearing the jewel of the Order of the Golden Fleece and the blue sash and breast star of the Royal French Order of the Holy Ghost; his left arm resting on the hilt of his sword and leaning on a black stick in his right hand, a plumed black hat on a table, gold-embroidered green draped curtain and landscape background beyond
31/8 in. (79 mm.) diam., brass mount
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The present miniature was probably painted during the Comte de Provence's emigration to Piedmont, the Kingdom of his father-in-law, after the outbreak of the French Revolution.
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