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This is a portrait of Françoise de Castellane (1685–1769), grandmother of the famous revolutionary Honoré Gabriel Riqueti, Comte de Mirabeau (1749–1791), by Jacques-André-Joseph Aved (1702–1766). It is not dated, but we do know that it was painted sometime after the marriage of her son Victor Riqueti, Marquis de Mirabeau, which took place in 1743. It is the only portrait by Aved in a public collection in the UK. Following his friend Chardin and drawing on his own experience of Dutch portraiture, Aved aimed for a high degree of naturalism in his portraiture. Here, Françoise de Castellane is depicted at ease holding a piece of exquisite gross point embroidery. She pauses in her work, a threaded needle in her right hand and an etui in her left.
The Marquise de Castellane with Her Embroidery
oil on canvas
H 127.5 x W 101.9 cm
purchased from Shepherd Bros, 1904