PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION
The Château de la Muette is situated on the edge of the Bois de Boulogne near the Porte de la Muette. It started life as a royal hunting lodge but was transformed into a palace by Henri II for his favourite daughter Marguerite de Valois. It was subsequently reconstructed by Louis XV in the 18th century and used by him to entertain his mistresses, including Madame de Pompadour and Madame du Barry. In post-revolutionary France the château became state property and was split into two wings. One wing and most of the grounds were purchased in 1820 by Sébastian Erard, a manufacturer of pianos used by Chopin and Liszt. The château and the present painting were subsequently inherited by the De Franqueville family who held onto both until the early twentieth century.
1. Musée du Louvre, Paris, inv. no. MI202; see Valdivieso, 2010, pp. 352-3, cat. no. 127, reproduced.
2. In a letter dated 20 March 2006 to the previous owner. See 2007 sale catalogue.
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