Late 17th-Century French School

Portrait Of A Young Nobleman

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Late 17th-Century French School

Portrait Of A Young Nobleman

Regular price £3,195.00
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This splendid late 17th-century French school oil painting depicts a young nobleman standing somewhat haughtily before a landscape.

Dressed in a sumptuous blue velvet cloak, white lace cravat, and embroidered waistcoat, one can imagine that he’s the image of his father. It’s an audacious display of decadence and wealth. The view beyond could be a reference to the estate he’s due to inherit.

Produced during the reign of King Louis XIV, extravagant French fashion was influenced by a flourishing textile trade. France had transformed fashion into a thriving industry and copious designers were emerging with new ideas and trends. It’s interesting to consider how this young man felt, with his left arm nonchalantly draped over the classical architecture.

Held within a later burr walnut frame.

Medium: Oil on canvas
Overall size: 26½” x 34” / 67cm x 87cm
Year of creation: c. 1690 
Provenance: Private collection, UK.
Condition: Assessed and approved by our conservator. Cleaned. Canvas relined. Fine and settled craquelure, as you would expect. The paint layer is stable. Frame with light marks and signs of age.
Our reference: BRV1862

Conservation & History

We care profoundly about our role as custodians and every piece in the collection has been assessed by our conservator. When required, we undertake professional restoration carefully using reversible techniques and adopt a light touch to retain the aged charm of each work. We also restore frames rather than replace them as many are original and selected by the artists themselves.

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