Studio of Jean Petitot (French, 1607-1691) Louis XIV, King of France and Navarre (1638-1715), wearing blue coat and white lace cravat, his natural wig falling in curls over his shoulders
Lot 26
Studio of Jean Petitot
(French, 1607-1691)
Louis XIV, King of France and Navarre (1638-1715), wearing blue coat and white lace cravat, his natural wig falling in curls over his shoulders
Sold for £ 1,375 (US$ 1,910) inc. premium

Lot Details
Studio of Jean Petitot (French, 1607-1691)
Louis XIV, King of France and Navarre (1638-1715), wearing blue coat and white lace cravat, his natural wig falling in curls over his shoulders.
Enamel, gilt-metal frame with blue enamel border to the obverse.
Oval, 24mm (15/16in) high

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    Sotheby's, London, 1 May 1980, lot 32

    Exhibited
    Rechberg, Zurich, 8 December 1957 - 28 February 1958;
    Rechberg, Zurich, 1961

    Literature
    H. Rieben, Bildnis-Miniaturin, p.22, ill.p.23

    Affectionately hailed as 'Le Roi Soleil', Louis' glittering seventy-two year reign in which France became the most powerful nation in Europe, remains the longest of any European monarch to date. The ruler spared no expense on the ceremonial rituals and excesses of court, perpetuating an everlasting image as an absolute monarch through the mediums of art, architecture, pageantry and theatre. He outlived all of his six children, of whom, only the eldest by Maria-Theresa (1638-1683) survived infancy (Louis 'le Grand Dauphin', 1661-1711). The king fathered many illegitimate children, most of whom married cadet branches of the Royal family. Upon his death in 1715, he was succeeded by his five year old great-grandson, Louis XV (1710-1774).
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