(339110) Antique Miniature Portrait of Madame de Pompadour framed in Ivory and Tortoise Shell
Antique Miniature Portrait of Madame de Pompadour framed in Ivory and Tortoise Shell
This piece is signed on the face of the image and is housed in a frame of ivory and tortoise with convex glass and metal mounts. This piece measures 5.5"h x 4.75"w.
This piece bears the original Italian label on verso.
Jeanne Antoinette Poisson, Marquise de Pompadour, also known as Madame de Pompadour 12/1721 - 4/1764, was a member of the French court and was the official chief mistress of Louis XV from 1745 to her death. She was trained from childhood to be a mistress, and learned her trade well. She took charge of the kings schedule and was an indispensable aide and advisor, despite her frail health and many political enemies. She secured titles of nobility for herself and her relatives, and built a network of clients and supporters. She paid careful attention not to alienate the Queen, Marie LeszczyÅ„ska. She was a major patron of architecture and such decorative arts as porcelain.
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