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Jean-Marc Nattier
PORTRAIT OF A LADY HOLDING A CARNATION, SAID TO BE LA DUCHESSE DE CHÂTEAUROUX 
Estimate
30,00050,000
LOT SOLD. 96,250 EUR
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102
Jean-Marc Nattier
PORTRAIT OF A LADY HOLDING A CARNATION, SAID TO BE LA DUCHESSE DE CHÂTEAUROUX 
Estimate
30,00050,000
LOT SOLD. 96,250 EUR
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Details & Cataloguing

Tableaux, Sculptures et Dessins Anciens et du XIXe siècle

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Jean-Marc Nattier
PARIS 1685 - 1766
PORTRAIT OF A LADY HOLDING A CARNATION, SAID TO BE LA DUCHESSE DE CHÂTEAUROUX 
Bears signature and date or signed and dated (strengthened) centre right: Nattier pinxit/1743
Oil on canvas
79 x 64,8 cm; 31 1/4  by 25 1/2  in.
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Provenance

Baron Henri de Rothschild (1872-1947) Collection, Paris;
Sold by baron Henri de Rothschild to Mrs Elisabeth Wildenstein in 1930;
Elisabeth Wildenstein (1882-1969) Collection, Paris;
With Galerie Pardo, Paris.

Exhibited

Exposition de cent portraits de femmes des écoles Anglaise et Française du XVIIIe siècle, Paris, Jardin des TuileriesSalle du Jeu de Paume, 23 April - 1 July 1909, n° 84;
Les Artistes du Salon de 1737, Paris, Grand Palais, May-June 1930, n° 81.

Literature

L'Art et les artistes, N°18, April-September 1906, Paris, vol. III, n°18, p. 226, reproduced;
L. Vaillat and R. Dell, L'art du XVIIIe siècle, cent portraits de femmes des écoles Anglaise et Française, Paris 1910, n° 84, reproduced; 
Les Artistes du Salon de 1737, Paris, Grand Palais, May-June 1930, n° 81 (as 'The lady holding a carnation'); 
L. Dimier, Les Peintres français du XVIIIe siècle, Paris, Bruxelles 1930, vol. II, no 138, p. 129, reproduced pl. 25 (as an unknown lady holding a carnation).

Catalogue Note

This portrait is presumed to be that of one of the favourites of Louis XV, Anne de Mailly-Nesle, marquise of La Tournelle, duchess of Châteauroux. She was born in Paris, in the parish of Saint-Sulpice, on 5 October 1717 and died in the same parish on 8 December 1744, at the young age of only twenty-seven years. Our portrait dates from the year preceding her death, 1743. Comparable portraits show her with very dark brown eyes.

Note on the provenance:
Born into the English branch of the Rothschild family but settled in France, Henri de Rothschild studied medicine and generously financed several hospitals, as well as the research of Pierre and Marie Curie. He was a winegrower, an entrepreneur, a playwright, a racing driver but above all, a philanthropist. Henri de Rothschild first lived in a sumptuous town house at 33 rue du Faubourg-Saint-Honoré, which he donated to the Société du Cercle de l'Union interalliée and which is still its seat, before moving into the château de la Muette, which he had built between 1912 and 1922 by the architect Lucien Hesse.

Tableaux, Sculptures et Dessins Anciens et du XIXe siècle

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Paris