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Speaking of Auctions – Some Nice Portraits

Speaking of auctions, as I did in my last post, reminded me that I occasionally like to troll through auction sites for images. It’s a great way to find new-to-you portraits and sculpture, and sometimes even extant clothing.

Here’s a few things that I’ve found lately that I liked — almost all 18th century, of course! Because that’s how I roll.

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A MATCHING stomacher under a Venetian ladder-laced gown! Attributed to Domenico Robusti, called Domenico Tintoretto | PORTRAIT OF A LADY, THREE-QUARTER-LENGTH SEATED, HOLDING A LUTE | Sotheby’s

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SQUIRREL. Sir Nathaniel Dance-Holland, R.A. (London 1735-1811 Winchester) | Portrait of Olive Craster (d. 1769), half-length, in a blue dress with ribbons and a lace shawl, with a pearl necklace and flowers in her hair, holding a squirrel, in a feigned oval | Christie’s.

More squirrels here.

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Love the stripey bows, and how intricate the hair is. My bad screencapping missed a stripe! Attributed to François Hubert Drouais | PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG LADY, IN A BLUE SILK DRESS WITH FUR TRIM AND MUFF | Sotheby’s

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LOVE all the sparkly trim on the front of this court gown. François Hubert Drouais | PORTRAIT DE FEMME | Sotheby’s

A rare portrait of a woman who we know was a natural redhead. This is doubly interesting, because it's one of the only portraits I've seen with a WOMAN showing hair powder on her shoulders. John Hoppner, R.A. | PORTRAIT OF EMILIA CHARLOTTE LENNOX (D. 1832) | Sotheby's

A rare portrait of a woman who we know was a natural redhead. This is doubly interesting, because it’s one of the only portraits I’ve seen with a WOMAN showing hair powder on her shoulders. John Hoppner, R.A. | PORTRAIT OF EMILIA CHARLOTTE LENNOX (D. 1832) | Sotheby’s

Sheer partlet with attached sheer oversleeves! Bolognese School, second half of the 16th Century | HALF-LENGTH PORTRAIT OF A WOMAN | Sotheby's

Sheer partlet with attached sheer oversleeves! Bolognese School, second half of the 16th Century | HALF-LENGTH PORTRAIT OF A WOMAN | Sotheby’s

Seriously badass. English School, early 17th century | PORTRAIT OF A GIRL | Sotheby's

Seriously badass. English School, early 17th century | PORTRAIT OF A GIRL | Sotheby’s

Nice 3D look at those German Renaissance headwrap thingies (wulst-something?). German, Swabia, probably Ulm, circa 1510-1520 | BUST OF A FEMALE SAINT | Sotheby's

Nice 3D look at those German Renaissance headwrap thingies (wulst-something?). German, Swabia, probably Ulm, circa 1510-1520 | BUST OF A FEMALE SAINT | Sotheby’s

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Nice view of the hair. François-Marie Poncet, 1736 – 1797 Portrait de Jeune Femme de profil, vers 1775 | A FRENCH, CIRCA 1775, TERRACOTTA PROFIL IN HIGH RELIEF OF A YOUNG LADY, BY FRANÇOIS MARIE PONCET (1736-1797), SIGNED AND DATED | Sotheby’s

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Lovely image of Madame du Barry, with her hair half-styled. Jean-Baptiste Greuze | PORTRAIT OF THE COMTESSE DU BARRY | Sotheby’s

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STUNNING. François-Hubert Drouais | PORTRAIT DE MADAME LA COMTESSE D’ARTOIS | Sotheby’s

I've been looking for one of those mid-18th century faux-shepherdess paintings to recreate... this could work! Marianne Loir | PORTRAIT DE DAME TENANT UN PANIER DE FLEURS | Sotheby's

I’ve been looking for one of those mid-18th century faux-shepherdess paintings to recreate… this could work! Marianne Loir | PORTRAIT DE DAME TENANT UN PANIER DE FLEURS | Sotheby’s

Frans Verhas | JEUNE FEMME AU KIMONO | Sotheby's

Frans Verhas | JEUNE FEMME AU KIMONO | Sotheby’s

Sculpture busts are great sources for hairstyles. Love the buns in front of the ears! Clément Jayet, 1731-1804 Portrait de Jacques Jolyclerc, échevin de la ville de Lyon (1763-1764), vers 1763-64 | A FRENCH, CIRCA 1763-64, TERRACOTTA BUST OF JACQUES JOLYCLERC, BY CLÉMENT JAYET (1731-1804), BEARING A SIGNATURE PAJOU | Sotheby's

Sculpture busts are great sources for hairstyles. Love the buns in front of the ears! Clément Jayet, 1731-1804
Portrait de Jacques Jolyclerc, échevin de la ville de Lyon (1763-1764), vers 1763-64 | A FRENCH, CIRCA 1763-64, TERRACOTTA BUST OF JACQUES JOLYCLERC, BY CLÉMENT JAYET (1731-1804), BEARING A SIGNATURE PAJOU | Sotheby’s

THAT FABRIC. Jean Voille | PORTRAIT OF MONSIEUR AIÈUL ANDRÉ DE LA GUERCHE | Sotheby's

THAT FABRIC. Jean Voille | PORTRAIT OF MONSIEUR AIÈUL ANDRÉ DE LA GUERCHE | Sotheby’s

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Sexy. Circle of Anthonis Mor | PORTRAIT OF A LADY | Sotheby’s

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Fontanges! Patches! English School, 17th century | PORTRAIT OF A LADY | Sotheby’s

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Great hair and veil. Spanish School, 18th Century | PORTRAIT OF A LADY | Sotheby’s

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2 Comments

  • Reply Andrew February 9, 2015 at 1:29 pm

    If you’re using Chrome (and probably any other browser), you can just click the image and drag it up into a new tab.

    • Reply kendra February 9, 2015 at 1:50 pm

      Sure, if you want to do it the EASY way. (Just kidding! Super helpful tech tip of the day!)

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