Offered by Galerie Thierry Matranga
Old paintings, religious artifacts, archeology
Oil on oval canvas. French school, entourage or workshop of Pierre Gobert.
Louise-Françoise de Bourbon known as "Mademoiselle de Nantes", Duchess of Bourbon (Tournai June 1, 1673 - Paris June 16, 1743) was the natural daughter of Louis XIV and Madame de Montespan. She is shown here in a three-quarter view wearing a white silk dress embroidered with gold thread and topped with a heavy coat with an ermine collar, a dress attribute reserved for the royal rank. As fashion dictated, the future Princess de Condé wore a headdress "à la Fontanges" held by a ribbon in the colors of the Order of the Holy Spirit. Married in 1685 (she was only twelve years old) to the Duke of Bourbon, son of Henri-Jules de Bourbon-Condé and grandson of the Grand Condé, she embraced the title of Princess of Condé upon the death of her father-in-law. It is to her that we owe the construction of the Bourbon Palace, the current seat of the National Assembly. The depersonalized and flattering type of our model, whose face may appear placid, allows us to link the work to a painter of Pierre Gobert's immediate entourage, or even to classify it as a work produced by his workshop.
Our portrait is presented in its carved and gilded wooden frame of the period.
Dimensions : 39 x 31 cm the view - 53 x 44 cm with the frame