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Zoomable Image of Portrait miniature of Marie Anne de Bourbon, Princess of Conti (1666-1739), seated, wearing fur-trimmed, gold-embroidered blue robes over white silk figured dress, a white dog on her lap, red curtain background

Portrait miniature of Marie Anne de Bourbon, Princess of Conti (1666-1739), seated, wearing fur-trimmed, gold-embroidered blue robes over white silk figured dress, a white dog on her lap, red curtain background

Marie Jourdain (fl.c.1700)

Portrait miniature of Marie Anne de Bourbon, Princess of Conti (1666-1739), seated, wearing fur-trimmed, gold-embroidered blue robes over white silk figured dress, a white dog on her lap, red curtain background

Marie Jourdain (fl.c.1700)

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Price:

£5,500

Materials:

Watercolour on vellum

Dimensions:

Rectangular, 6 3/8 in (162 mm) high

Provenance:

Hotel Drouot, Paris, 26 June 1928, lot 2 (described as ‘important min. on parchment’); Hotel Drouot, Paris, Me de R., 11 June 2001, lot 45.

Literature:

Nathalie Lemoine-Bouchard, Les Peintres en miniatures, 1650-1850, pp. 308-309 (illustrated).

Inscriptions:

Signed on gilt table ‘Marie. Ch. Graver/ Jourdain. Fecit’, the reverse inscribed in ink with sitter’s details and inventory label ‘No. 66/ Grand salon’.

Frame:

Gilded wood frame

Marie Anne was the eldest legitimised daughter of Louis XIV and his mistress Louise de La Vallière. She was considered to be a great beauty and reputedly her father’s favourite female child...

Very little is known about the artist Marie Jourdain (in fact her first name is not listed by Schidlof, who simply refers to her as ‘Jourdain’ in his dictionary).[1] This portrait is based on an oil portrait of the princess, possibly originally by François de Troy (1645–1730), a version of which exists in the Bowes Museum, County Durham.

Marie Anne de Bourbon was the eldest legitimised daughter of King Louis XIV and his mistress Louise de La Vallière. She was considered to be a great beauty and reputedly her father’s favourite female child. She became Princess of Conti through her marriage to Louis Armand de Bourbon, Prince of Conti. After her husband’s death in 1685 she did not remarry and the couple had had no children. She later inherited her mother’s title of the Duchess of La Vallière.

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