Antique oil on canvas painting attributed to French master Nicolas de Largilliere (1656-1746).
In fascinating details depicted portrait of Catherine Coustard (1673-1728), Marquise of Castelnau, wife of Charles-Leonor Aubry (1667-1735), dressed in elegant lace trimmed gown and gold brocade cape.
The painting measures 35" high x 30" wide with the frame; without frame 29" x 23.5" - 73.7 x 59.7 cm.
It is in very good condition, Professionally relined with no visible repair or damage.
The painter Nicolas de Largilliere (Paris 1656-1746) was the society painter of the eighteenth century. With his portraits he caught an image of the flourishing society under the reign of Louis XIV and XV. This picture is a typical example of a fashionable portrait of Larguilliere in the beginning of the early seventeen-hundreds. It is quite difficult though, to identify the ladies he painted, because he reduced and embellished the faces of his clients to satisfy their vanity. This approach of portrayal was a common practice of the era.
This painting is a characteristic work of the master in a compostion he repeatedly used during his career, with or without hands. It is even very well possible that the clothes worn on the painting were owned by the artist. They happen to appear on more than one occasian in the work of the artist, as can be seen on ladies portraits in the Rau collection, the Bayrische Gemäldesammlungen in Munich and in the Museum of Fine Arts in San Francisco in different arrangements. Largilliere regularly painted several versions of a portrait, as is the case here. Next to this copy of the hand of the master, another copy of his hand is to be seen in the Museum Cognacq-Jay in Paris. A third version, from the atelier of Largilliere, can be seen in the Mayer van den Bergh Museum in Antwerp.
Provenance: Shipping labels from France verso "House of White" inscribed to label to the verso, Private collection, Canada.
Note: A label attached inscribed "House of Hite" may be provenance. The Hite House, built by John Hite in 1853, is a historic hotel located at Stoystown, Somerset County, Pennsylvania.
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