val oil on canvas.
Exceptional 17th-century frame in finely carved wood, with its original gilding, known as the "flowered corner" model (rare).
Total dimensions with frame: 97 x 84 cm
This beautiful portrait, executed around 1685, concentrates on the sitter, and is striking for its sparkling, mischievous gaze, and for the calm, serene expression that gives the face a particularly lively character. The social importance of the figure, who is depicted at a very young age, is emphasized with little artifice: a midnight-blue velvet gown embellished with fine lace and a garnet-red stole.
Her hairstyle, typical of the period, is called "à la fontange".
According to a study by Mr. Courallet, whom I thank warmly, this is most certainly the portrait of Louise Antoinette Thérèse de la Chatre de Nançay, Duchesse d'Humières, and I could provide the buyer with a complete file.
We know of several portraits of the same character, some in private collections, others at public auction, others in museums.
This beautifully executed painting is by the studio of painter François de Troy (Toulouse 1645 - Paris November 21, 1730). Born into a family of artists from Languedoc, he trained in Paris in the studio of Claude Lefebvre, who taught him the art of portrait painting. This explains the sure technique and serious atmosphere of his works. De Troy is an heir to the French tradition: his art is imbued with realism and restraint. The sober layout (the subject is seen at mid-body, usually seated) and neutral background enable the emphasis to be placed on the face...
A recognized and much-appreciated painter, he received numerous commissions from both princes and the upper middle classes.
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