Lot 37
  • 37

FRENCH SCHOOL, CIRCA 1750 | Portrait of Jeanne Antoinette Poisson, Marquise de Pompadour (1721-1764)

4,000 - 6,000 GBP
23,750 GBP
bidding is closed


  • French School
  • Portrait of Jeanne Antoinette Poisson, Marquise de Pompadour (1721-1764)
  • Watercolour and bodycolour on ivory, gilt-metal frame, with ribbon tie surmount;the reverse with leather pouch containing a hand written letter concerning the provenance


Possibly a gift from the sitter to Wenzel Anton, Prince of Kaunitz-Rietberg (d. 1794), Austrian Ambassador in France, in 1754;
probably Gustave, Baron de Rothschild (d. 1911), circa 1874;
Robert, Baron de Rothschild (d. 1946), by 1926;
sale, Geneva, Christie's, 12 November 1985, lot 104


Paris, 1926, no. 26 (lent by Robert, Baron de Rothschild);
London, 1933, no. 242 (lent by Robert, Baron de Rothschild)


Thieme & Becker, 1933, XXVII, p. 236;
Mitford, 1988, p. 96, illust;
Lemoine-Bouchard, 2008, p. 426;
Du Pasquier, 2010, pp. 34-35, 241, illust.

Catalogue Note

Austrian state chancellor, Prince Kaunitz-Rietberg used the influence of Madame de Pompadour 'maîtresse-en-titre' during the negotiations for the Treaty of Versailles (1756), where new Franco-Austrian alliance replaced traditional hostilities.