120
120
French School, circa 1590
PORTRAIT OF ISABEAU DE MAÇON, AT THE AGE OF 63, HALF LENGTH, WEARING A BLACK DRESS AND CAP
Estimate
15,00020,000
LOT SOLD. 18,750 USD
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120
French School, circa 1590
PORTRAIT OF ISABEAU DE MAÇON, AT THE AGE OF 63, HALF LENGTH, WEARING A BLACK DRESS AND CAP
Estimate
15,00020,000
LOT SOLD. 18,750 USD
JUMP TO LOT

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French School, circa 1590
PORTRAIT OF ISABEAU DE MAÇON, AT THE AGE OF 63, HALF LENGTH, WEARING A BLACK DRESS AND CAP
inscribed upper left: ANN. AETATIS./ CAE. 63./ - 1590 -
inscribed on the reverse: DAme ysabeau de Maçon/ Gouvernante de filles de la Reine/ de [R]ouen ageé de 63 ans de 1590./ Elle épousa Messire Antoine de J..uchet/ Chevalier, Seigneur de Montigny,/ Sécretaire d'Etat des Roy Et Reine/ de Navarre.
oil on oak panel, in a carved and gilt wood cassetta frame
11 3/4 by 8 3/4 in.; 29.7 by 22.4 cm.
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Exhibited

Paris, Galerie Charpentier, Cent portraits de femmes, 1950, no. 35;
Brussels, Palais des Beaux-Arts, La femme dans l'art français, March - May 1953, no. 68.

Catalogue Note

According to the inscription on the reverse the sitter, Isabeau de Maçon, was governess to the daughters of the Queen of France. In 1590 the King, Henri IV (of Navarre), and his wife Margaret (of Valois) were childless and so they remained until the marriage was annulled in 1599. Henri IV's marriage to Marie de Medici in 1600 bore him six children, however, three of whom were daughters; Elizabeth (1602-1644) who married Philip IV of Spain; Christine Marie (1606-1663) who married Victor Amadeus I, Duke of Savoy; and Henrietta Maria (1609-1669) who married King Charles I of England. If the inscription is to be believed, it must have been added after 1602 at the earliest since the presumed sitter could not have been governess to the queen's daughters in 1590 because no children then existed.

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