PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN (LOT 218)
Melchior, Cardinal Polignac (1661-1741)
Kraemer & Cie., Paris
Melchior de Polignac (1661-1741), a scion of the ancient Polignac family, was the son of Louis-Armand, Vicomte de Polignac, Marquis de Chalençon, Baron de Châteauneuf. He became ambassador to Poland in 1693; he was a negotiator of the Treaty of Utrecht (1713) and was appointed Cardinal-diacre in the same year. He was subsequently created Archbishop of Auch in 1726 and Ambassador to Rome from 1724 to 1732. He was elected to the Académie française in 1704, at the Académie des sciences in 1711 and the Académie des Inscriptions in 1717.
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