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Ref AW6 Les Dauphins
A French Royalist supporter's en grisaille double-sided portrait miniature pendant, circa 1795 - 1800, depicting the ill-fated Dauphins, sons of Louis XVI of France and Marie Antoinette. Louis Joseph de France
, [22 October 1781 – 4 June 1789], was the second child and elder son of King Louis and Marie Antionette. He died at the age of seven of tuberculosis and was succeeded as Dauphin by his four year old brother Louis Charles, [27 March 1785 – 8 June 1795]. When his father was executed in January 1793 Louis Charles was proclaimed to be King Louis XVII by the Royalists. Louis XVII was imprisoned from August 1792 until his death at the age of ten in 1795 from illness caused by the harsh prison conditions he endured. The portraits are painted en grisaille, a monochrome painting technique using neutral tones to achieve realism and a luminous effect, so appropriate for this poignant subject. The portraits are set to a gold pendant within glazed compartments. The pendant measures 2.5 inches by 2.5 inches and is well executed and immaculate. Poor little mites.
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