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.
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.
Anonymous sale, Paris, Tajan, 9 December 1999, lot 60;
There acquired by the present collector.
M. N. Rosenfeld, Largillierre and the Eighteenth Century Portrait, Montreal 1982, pp. 37-8.
Louis Desplaces, 1715 (fig. 1).
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. Mercure de France, May 1746, p. 234.