FRENCH SCHOOL, CIRCA 1600 | Portrait of a lady, sold together with a portrait medal of Henry IV and his wife Marie de Medici
Property from a distinguished UK Private Collection
FRENCH SCHOOL, CIRCA 1600
Portrait of a lady, sold together with a portrait medal of Henry IV and his wife Marie de Medici
inscribed upper left: ÆTAT: XXIV/ ANNO.M.DCL III.
oil on canvas, unlined
89.1 x 70.5 cm.; 35⅛ x 27¾ in.
The canvas is lined, the paint surface is slightly dirty, and the varnish slightly discoloured. There are visible discoloured retouchings scattered throughout the background, as well as to a small area in her headdress just to the right of her chin. There are a handful of pin-prick losses in the background upper right, and 3 small surface scratches: along the right side of the upper margin approx. 2.5cm., at the bottom of her dress lower left, approx. 1cm., and in the left side of her headdress approx. 1cm. Inspection under ultraviolet light confirms these, and reveals 2 further spot retouchings in her proper left hand and sleeve, as well as a few spots of older retouchings scattered in her face and headdress, but the painting appears in overall fairly good condition. Offered in an ebonised wood frame with faux tortoise shell decoration.
"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. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
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Sir John Frecheville Ramsden (1877–1958), 6th Bt., Bulstrode Park, Gerrards Cross;
His deceased sale, London, Christie's, 27 May 1932, lot 33, for £37–16s to Freeman;
The Countess of Midleton, Eastwell Park, Kent, and thence by descent.
The medal worn by the lady is taken from a portrait medal by Guillaume Dupré of Henry IV and his wife Marie de Medici made in 1603. The King was sufficiently pleased with the medal to grant Dupré the right, for ten years, to make as many examples and variants as he liked to sell throughout France. That Dupré made full use of his privileges is demonstrated both by the large number of examples of this piece surviving and by the number of variants executed in succeeding years; the medal by Simon de Passe from circa 1625, sold along with the present portrait, is just such an example.