Equestrian Portrait of King Louis XIV, Victorious after the Siege of Mons

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Equestrian Portrait of King Louis XIV, Victorious after the Siege of Mons

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A monumental oil on canvas portrait of the Sun King Louis XIV after his victory in the Siege of Mons in the Spanish Netherlands, present day Belgium in 1691, part of the Nine Years' War. The king wears a heavily embroidered habit and a plumed hat. The fort and village of Mons are seen in the distance to the right. Contained in its original gilt wood frame, the painting is signed in the lower righthand corner "Lilloi, 1691." There are several opinions regarding the attribution of the piece. One opinion holds that the work is the hand of René Antoine Houasse (1645-1710), who was a pupil of Charles Le Brun and worked on the decoration of the Chateau de Versailles, or a close follower.

Provenance: By descent to Viscount ‘Comte’ Paul de Rosières, whose family lived in the Flemish region of Belgium, brought to New York in 1948. Purchased from the above by John Dubé, Honorary Consul of Monaco, in 1969. Purchased from the above by Ambassador Maguy Maccario-Doyle, the Ambassador of the Principality of Monaco to the United States and Canada, in 1978.

  • Measurements: width 43",  depth 55",  height 3"
  • Condition: Excellent. Some losses to gesso and gilding on frame and light crackling of painting. Several small areas of repair. In otherwise, excellent condition.
  • Specifications: 1 item
  • Reference number: A-0006
  • Location: New York, NY 
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