NICOLAS DE LARGILLIERRE | PORTRAIT OF MADAME TITON, NÉE MARGUERITE BÉCAILLE
NICOLAS DE LARGILLIERRE | PORTRAIT OF MADAME TITON, NÉE MARGUERITE BÉCAILLE
NICOLAS DE LARGILLIERRE | PORTRAIT OF MADAME TITON, NÉE MARGUERITE BÉCAILLE
NICOLAS DE LARGILLIERRE | PORTRAIT OF MADAME TITON, NÉE MARGUERITE BÉCAILLE
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NICOLAS DE LARGILLIERRE | PORTRAIT OF MADAME TITON, NÉE MARGUERITE BÉCAILLE

Estimate: 40,000 - 60,000 USD

NICOLAS DE LARGILLIERRE | PORTRAIT OF MADAME TITON, NÉE MARGUERITE BÉCAILLE

Estimate: 40,000 - 60,000 USD

Lot Sold:43,750USD

Lot Details

Description

Property from a Distinguished American Collection

NICOLAS DE LARGILLIERRE

(Paris 1656 - 1746)

PORTRAIT OF MADAME TITON, NÉE MARGUERITE BÉCAILLE


oil on canvas

54 by 41½ in.; 137 by 105 cm.

Condition Report

The canvas is clean and presents beautifully to the naked eye. There is a somewhat stiff re-lining though it appears that the picture has not been restored in a number of years. Under UV light re-touches are visible in a 3 inch line across the sitters chest as well as in a couple of areas along the sitters cheek and the bridge of her nose. There are other scattered re-touches in the darks of the background as well as in the dark areas of her clothing. These re-touches have been applied well in the picture could very happily be hung in its current condition. In a carved and Guildwood frame.


In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.

NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.

Cataloguing

Provenance

Anonymous sale, Paris, Tajan, 9 December 1999, lot 60;

There acquired by the present collector. 

Literature

M. N. Rosenfeld, Largillierre and the Eighteenth Century Portrait, Montreal 1982, pp. 37-8.  


ENGRAVED

Louis Desplaces, 1715 (fig. 1).

Catalogue Note

Marguerite Bécaille was the wife of Maximilien Titon, Director of Armaments for Louis XIV, and the mother of the writer Evrard Titon du Tillet (1677-1762), who was one of Largillierre's closest friends and most important patrons. Their friendship was commemorated in a poem published in the Mercure de France in May 1746, titled Ode en strophes libres à M. Titon du Tillet sur la mort de M. de Largillierre, chancelier, ancien directeur de l'Academie Royale de Peinture et Sculpture [1].



1. Mercure de France, May 1746, p. 234. 

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