comtesse-d'artois

[The comtesse d’Artois] had a fine complexion; her face, tolerably pleasing, was not remarkable for anything except the extreme length of the nose. But being good and generous, she was beloved by those about her, and even possessed some influence so long as she was the only Princess who had produced heirs to the crown.

–the memoirs of Madame Campan [image credit: © RMN-Grand Palais (Château de Versailles) / Gérard Blot]

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Christie’s Paris will be having an auction called “COLLECTION MARIE-ANTOINETTE“ on November 3rd, 2015. Thanks to vivelareine alerting me to the press release for it, we can see a few of the intriguing items that will be up for auction, though the full catalogue isn’t up yet.

Top Left: Books from Marie Antoinette’s library at the Petit Trianon.

Top Right: A portrait of Marie Antoinette.

Bottom Left: A portrait of the Comtesse d’Artois.

Bottom Right: An albums with drawings of the Petit Trianon.


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Details from a 1783 portrait of the Comtesse d’Artois and her children by Charles Leclercq.

The Comtesse is sitting on a sofa in the middle of the portrait.

Leaning on one arm of her seat is her eldest child Louis Antoine, Duc d’Angouleme.

Holding her hand is her second child, Sophie.

Being held in her other arm is her third child Charles Ferdinand, Duc de Berry.

A fourth child, Marie Therese, had been born on January 6th of the year the portrait was painted, but died on June 22nd at just five months old. It’s not certain if she was intended to be depicted here as well, or if the portrait was started after her death.