Circle of Jean Clouet
- 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.
Thence by descent in the family;
From whom acquired by the present collector, circa 2000.
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).