Offered by Franck Baptiste Provence
French Regional and Parisian furniture
A beautiful portrait of Charles of France (1686-1714) seated on a green cushion embroidered with gold, resting on a table covered with red velvet. The son of the Grand Dauphin and Marie-Anne of Bavaria is simply dressed in a white dress crossed with the blue cordon of the Order of the Holy Spirit. He holds in his hand a ribbon that controls thick velvet curtains embroidered with gold. Our prince's body is pink and has delicate chubby shapes. His blue eyes are full of curiosity and vivacity.
The identity of the subject is mentioned in handwritten letters on the left of the painting (Charles Duke of Berry).
Oil on canvas (formerly re-canvased), good condition.
Workshop of Pierre Mignard, circa 1687-88.
Gilded wooden frame in the Louis the XIVth style "à la Berain".
Frame : height 76.5cm ; width 57 cm.
Canvas : height 69 cm ; width 49 cm.
Our opinion :
Our work derives from the famous painting "The Family of the Grand Dauphin" commissioned by King Louis the XIVth to Pierre Mignard in 1687. The young Duke of Berry can be seen in the same position as in our work, but he is represented in his mother's arms and in the middle of his family, with his father, and his two brothers, the Duke of Burgundy and the Duke of Anjou.
Our painting is one of the many commissions made to Pierre Mignard's workshop to be offered to the elite of the nobility, in order to promote the royal children.
The great master excelled in this type of child portraits to the point that these works were later called "mignardises".