There are 2 types of portrait miniatures, as I've mentioned before: first being the one of a kind original of a living person who sat for their portrait with the artist. The 2nd being those miniatures "après" or painted after the work of an earlier work of art, a famous artist's painting and done for a souvenir of the famed Grand Tour. These 2nd variety often have a signature denoting the original work's artist, which is the case in this miniature. Hiacynth Rigaud was a master regal portraitist in the era of French King Louis XIV, (see reference paintings toward the last of our added photos), and he created incredible masterpieces of many Royals, leaders, notables in his long career Jacint Rigau-Ros i Serra (18 July 1659 – 29 December 1743), known in French as Hyacinthe Rigaud. This painting was noted to be King Louis XIV in his later years, but I am uncertain if it was Louis XIV, or perhaps a painting adapted a bit from another Rigaud portrait, as a lot of his regal portraits are posed quite alike. We'll go with Louis XIV as the popular subject many tourists would have wanted. If you recognize this painting subject as someone other than Louis XIV, please email.
Very good to excellent, a large wafer and painting here, fabulous bronze frame, as well. I did not take this painting out of its frame, as you see from the back there are so many brass points I decided to take the chance of a bit of glare through the flat old cover glass, and not take him out of frame. There is a very old fabric backing, and a likewise very old auction house stamp or perhaps museum id on backside. The frame is large for a miniature, at 6 1/2" x 5 1/4", and is meant to hang (loop at top). No flaws to note.
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