NICOLAS DE LARGILLIERRE | PORTRAIT OF A GENTLEMAN, SAID TO BE THE CHAMBERLAIN DE MONTARGU, HALF-LENGTH, WEARING A BREASTPLATE OVER A RED VELVET JACKET WITH GOLD EMBROIDERED SLEEVES
Property from a Distinguished American collection
Property from a Distinguished American Collection
NICOLAS DE LARGILLIERRE
Paris 1656 - 1746
PORTRAIT OF A GENTLEMAN, SAID TO BE THE CHAMBERLAIN DE MONTARGU, HALF-LENGTH, WEARING A BREASTPLATE OVER A RED VELVET JACKET WITH GOLD EMBROIDERED SLEEVES
oil on canvas
canvas: 32⅜ by 25⅜ in.; 82.3 by 64.5 cm.
framed: 39½ by 33½ in.; 100.3 by 85.1 cm.
The canvas has an old relining and is flat and stable. The work has a somewhat heavy varnish which appears milky and uneven under ultraviolet, but to the naked eye the painting reads clearly and evenly. The details are very well-preserved and the brushwork in the lace and hair are particularly nice. The colors remain vibrant and details in the face are vivid and untouched. There is an area of restoration in the background just to the left of the sitter's head, about 3 inches high and 2 inches across, and a couple minor retouches in the dark area of the breastplate which flouresce under UV light. Overall, the painting presents very well and can be hung as is. Offered in a carved giltwood frame.
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Anonymous sale, New York, Christie's, 2 November 2000, lot 194;
Another version of this impressive portrait is in the Gemäldegalerie, Dresden (inv. no. 758). The Dresden version dates to circa 1710, and it is likely that the present painting dates to the same period. The sitter was first identified as the Chamberlain of Montargu by Karl Woerman in 1887; though this identification has not been fully confirmed, the Dresden version has since catalogued the sitter as such with certainty.