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Circle of Francois Clouet, (French, 1510-1572), "Probably a Portrait of Marguerite de Valois"

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Auktionsarchiv: Los-Nr. 373

Circle of Francois Clouet, (French, 1510-1572), "Probably a Portrait of Marguerite de Valois"

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10.000 $ - 15.000 $
Zuschlagspreis:
n. a.
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Circle of Francois Clouet (French, 1510-1572) "Probably a Portrait of Marguerite de Valois, Queen of Navarre", ca. 1570-1572 oil on wood panel backed by cradle boards unsigned, "Fogg Art Museum" and inventory number en verso, brass plate inscription attributing it to Jeanne d'Albret, Queen Regnant, and mother-in-law of Valois. Presented in an elaborate frame. 14-1/8" x 11-1/4", framed 24-1/2" x 19-1/2" Notes: Marguerite de Valois, Queen of Navarre, was the daughter of Henri II of France and Catherine de Medici from the House of Valois-Angouleme. In 1572 she married Henri III/IV, King of Navarre, from the House of Bourbon. Her portrait was drawn and painted numerous times by Francois Clouet, who succeeded his father as court painter to Francis I of France. Clouet, an extraordinarily gifted portraitist, also served under six successive kings of France and Navarre, executing numerous portraits of the Albrets and Bourbons of Navarre. Marguerite's mother-in-law, Jeanne d'Albret (Joan III), served as the Queen Regent until she mysteriously died (poisoned by Catherine de Medici?) just before her son's wedding and Marguerite ascended the throne as Queen of Navarre. Given the titular similarities and semblance of features, notably curly hair and long nose, the two are often mistaken. The portrait offered here is more consistent with the coloring, setting of the eyes and lips of other extant portraits of Marguerite, particularly Clouet's 1571-1572 portraits executed during her engagement. This work likely belongs to this corpus of commission, many of which were copied within the workshop of Clouet or his circle for other royal members or clergy. Clouet often worked on a small scale, perfecting miniatures and portable panels measuring 12-18 inches in height. A set of six of these works by Clouet depicting the queens, queen regents and consorts of France were commissioned for the Cardinal's Palace in the late 1500s and passed to the duchess of Aiguillon after the death of her uncle Cardinal Richlieu in 1643. Each was slightly larger, with an ebonized background that depicted the women in three-quarter profile with elaborate pearls, gowns and accoutrements. This work was likely acquired from an auction or ex-collection in the early 1900s. In 1935, it was loaned, probably to the Fogg Art Museum as the inventory number is consistent with the museum system, though no online record has yet been located by the Museum's register. This elusive portrait is as rich in history and mystery as the sitter's opulence and persona.

Auktionsarchiv: Los-Nr. 373
Auktion:
Datum:
26.09.2020
Auktionshaus:
New Orleans Auction
333 Saint Joseph Street
New Orleans Lousiana 70130
Vereinigte Staaten von Amerika
info@neworleansauction.com
+ 1 (0)504 566 1849
+ 1 (0)504 566 1851
Beschreibung:

Circle of Francois Clouet (French, 1510-1572) "Probably a Portrait of Marguerite de Valois, Queen of Navarre", ca. 1570-1572 oil on wood panel backed by cradle boards unsigned, "Fogg Art Museum" and inventory number en verso, brass plate inscription attributing it to Jeanne d'Albret, Queen Regnant, and mother-in-law of Valois. Presented in an elaborate frame. 14-1/8" x 11-1/4", framed 24-1/2" x 19-1/2" Notes: Marguerite de Valois, Queen of Navarre, was the daughter of Henri II of France and Catherine de Medici from the House of Valois-Angouleme. In 1572 she married Henri III/IV, King of Navarre, from the House of Bourbon. Her portrait was drawn and painted numerous times by Francois Clouet, who succeeded his father as court painter to Francis I of France. Clouet, an extraordinarily gifted portraitist, also served under six successive kings of France and Navarre, executing numerous portraits of the Albrets and Bourbons of Navarre. Marguerite's mother-in-law, Jeanne d'Albret (Joan III), served as the Queen Regent until she mysteriously died (poisoned by Catherine de Medici?) just before her son's wedding and Marguerite ascended the throne as Queen of Navarre. Given the titular similarities and semblance of features, notably curly hair and long nose, the two are often mistaken. The portrait offered here is more consistent with the coloring, setting of the eyes and lips of other extant portraits of Marguerite, particularly Clouet's 1571-1572 portraits executed during her engagement. This work likely belongs to this corpus of commission, many of which were copied within the workshop of Clouet or his circle for other royal members or clergy. Clouet often worked on a small scale, perfecting miniatures and portable panels measuring 12-18 inches in height. A set of six of these works by Clouet depicting the queens, queen regents and consorts of France were commissioned for the Cardinal's Palace in the late 1500s and passed to the duchess of Aiguillon after the death of her uncle Cardinal Richlieu in 1643. Each was slightly larger, with an ebonized background that depicted the women in three-quarter profile with elaborate pearls, gowns and accoutrements. This work was likely acquired from an auction or ex-collection in the early 1900s. In 1935, it was loaned, probably to the Fogg Art Museum as the inventory number is consistent with the museum system, though no online record has yet been located by the Museum's register. This elusive portrait is as rich in history and mystery as the sitter's opulence and persona.

Auktionsarchiv: Los-Nr. 373
Auktion:
Datum:
26.09.2020
Auktionshaus:
New Orleans Auction
333 Saint Joseph Street
New Orleans Lousiana 70130
Vereinigte Staaten von Amerika
info@neworleansauction.com
+ 1 (0)504 566 1849
+ 1 (0)504 566 1851
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