ATTRIBUTED TO JEAN DE COURT | PORTRAIT OF LÉONOR D'ORLÉANS, DUC DE LONGUEVILLE ET DE ESTOUTEVILLE (1540-1573), CIRCA 1572
Estimate: 5,000 - 7,000 GBP
ATTRIBUTED TO JEAN DE COURT
circa 1730 - 1585 Paris
PORTRAIT OF LÉONOR D'ORLÉANS, DUC DE LONGUEVILLE ET DE ESTOUTEVILLE (1540-1573), CIRCA 1572
Watercolour and bodycolour, heightened with gold and silver on vellum, black stained wood frame
48 by 36 mm.
Overall good. A small area of retouching on true right side below feathers of the cap. The grounds has wrinkled in the area of the face. Probable retouching to the silver on the pearls.
"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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Sale, London, Sotheby's, 28 April 1981, lot 25;
sale, London, Sotheby's, 4 December 1985, lot 189
The identity of the sitter is confirmed by a copy of this portrait made in circa 1575 for Ferdinand II, Archduke of Austria (Vienna, KHM, inv. GG 4876). The Duke was descended from an illegitimate branch of the French royal family. He had a short but brilliant military career and was created prince du sang in 1571.
'Ordinary' painter to Mary Queen of Scots and to Charles IX, Jean de Court succeeded François Clouet in 1572 as the official portraitist to the Valois family. We are grateful to Alexandra Zvereva for her help when cataloguing this lot.