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An unknown Nobleman from the Court of Louis XIV

£ 2,800

Artist: Jean Petitot

wearing red lined blue cloak and tied jabot, full-bottomed brown wig
painted on enamel, gold mount set into a later silver-gilt frame with brooch clasp reverse

This portrait was probably once mounted on top of the lid of a snuff box and has since been transformed into a brooch. It is often difficult to establish the identity of Petitot's sitters, as is the case here, because his sitters were also his friends and he chose to present them in a courtly manner, one of grandeur than portray their inner character .

After the outbreak of the Civil war in 1643 Petitot went to France, where he achieved great success, having previously served at the court of Charles I. He received constant patronage from Louis XIV and his entourage.
More Information
Year                 Late 17th Century
Medium                 Enamel on copper
Literature                 The Comerford Collection: Portrait Miniatures (Dublin, privately published, 2009), pp 7, 22 (#51)
Exhibition                 Comerford Collection at the Irish Architectural Archives in Dublin, in 2009.
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