French, circa 1790


This sumptuously large portrait shows three young children standing on a terrace in a garden landscape with trees in the background. The children are all stylishly dressed: the eldest boy in a dark blue coat over a buttoned white tunic and matching pantaloons is holding a toy sword; his sister, holding a single pink rose, is wearing a white dress with a deeply frilled neckline and a blue sash waistband; and, the youngest child is dressed in a white romper suit with a wonderful plumed grey hat.

The portrait is housed in a splendid silver-gilt frame that is enclosed on the back and bordered with cultured pearls and coral beads. Immaculate condition.

Item Ref. 5864

Size: framed, 130 x 100mm

Provenance: Sotheby's Monaco, June 1976 - lot 426 ; Sotheby's Important Miniatures, April 2008 - lot 110