New York, East
29 May 2001
Studio of Pierre Mignard I (Troyes 1612-1695 Paris)
Portrait of a lady, said to be Countess Mancini, seated three-quarter-length, in a dark purple dress, with her son holding a dog and her daughter a basket of flowers
oil on canvas
50 x 40 in. (127 x 111.6 cm.)
H.R.H. Princess Louise, the Princess Royal; Christie's, London, 18 July 1924, lot 112 as 'P.Mignard', (55 gns. to Collins).
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L. Nikolensko, Pierre Mignard, The Portrait Painter of the Grand Siècle, Munich, 1982, p. 102, no. 39 identifying the sitter as 'Countess Mancini (?)'.
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