Christian Friedrich Zincke (German, 1683/4-1767) Louis XIV (1638-1715), King of France (1643-1715), wearing gilt-studded armour with blue sash, his brown wig worn long and curling

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Lot 2
Christian Friedrich Zincke
(German, 1683/4-1767)
Louis XIV (1638-1715), King of France (1643-1715), wearing gilt-studded armour with blue sash, his brown wig worn long and curling

£ 800 - 1,200
US$ 1,100 - 1,700
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Christian Friedrich Zincke (German, 1683/4-1767)
Louis XIV (1638-1715), King of France (1643-1715), wearing gilt-studded armour with blue sash, his brown wig worn long and curling.
Enamel on gold, signed on the counter-enamel and dated CF Zincke. fecit/ 1716, unframed.
Oval, 47mm (1 7/8in) high

Footnotes

  • Louis XIII and Anne of Austria, had been married (and, latterly, estranged) for twenty-three years before the queen gave birth. The heir to the throne was therefore regarded as something of a 'divine gift' and was christened Louis Dieudonné, or 'God Given'.

    Succeeding his father at the age of four, France was at first ruled by Louis' widely detested mother, acting as Regent under the guidance of Cardinal Mazarin. It was not until 1661 that the young king finally assumed personal control of the government. Thereafter, his reign was marked by significant political, civil, economic and social reforms. Under the Finance Minister, Colbert, the royal revenue tripled and Louis spent prodigiously. Besides renovating and enlarging the Louvre in Paris, his main project was the construction of the palace at Versailles. By gathering his most powerful nobles there, and devising a complex system of honours and protocol which so absorbed their attention that they entirely neglected to scheme among themselves, Louis effectively succeeded in consolidating his own authority. The epitome of an absolute monarch, he possessed only average intelligence but had an iron will and an unshakeable confidence in what he perceived as his 'divine' right to rule. During the latter half of the seventeenth century, his numerous military victories made France the most powerful nation on earth and secured Louis himself the epithet of Le Roi Soleil by which he is still known today.

    The present lot, is clearly based on a miniature from life by the French enamellist Jean Petitot (1607-1691). Painted the year after the King's death, one can speculate that it was a commission from an admirer of the recently deceased French monarch. It is an interesting piece in that it dates to the first decade of Zincke's career in England and is enamelled on gold rather than copper.

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