Lot 109
  • 109

Circle of Jean Clouet

40,000 - 60,000 USD
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  • Jean Clouet
  • Portrait of a man, bust length, wearing a hat and a fur-trimmed coat
  • oil on walnut panel
  • 10 1/2  by 8 5/8  in.; 26.7 by 21.9 cm. 


Joseph Altounian (1890-1954);
Thence by descent in the family;
From whom acquired by the present collector, circa 2000. 

Catalogue Note

The present panel can be placed within the circle of Jean Clouet, one of the most influential French portrait painters of the sixteenth century.  By Clouet's lifetime, portraiture, particularly that of the French court, was met with increased demand, from which arose copies and variations of Clouet's works by both his small atelier and a close circle of contemporary artists that included his son, François Clouet.

The sitter in this handsome portrait, wearing a decorative feathered hat and a plush fur trimmed coat, has been identified as possibly François de Compey, Lord of Gruffy.  The same sitter also appears in two anonymous sixteenth century portraits: a painting at the Château de Versailles (inv. no. 3141) and a black and red chalk drawing, formerly given to Jean Clouet, at the Musée Condé in Chantilly (inv. no. MN 72).1

This painting is sold in an old, softwood and carved frame, fitted for a sliding portrait cover that is now missing.  

1.  See P. Mellen, Jean Clouet, New York 1971, p. 227, cat. no. 104, reproduced plate 130 (as Jean Clouet).