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Le Courtisan Suivant le Dernier Edit. La Laquay.
Le Courtisan Suivant le Dernier Edit. La Laquay.
[Etched by Abraham Bosse.]
[Paris: Jean Leblond, c.1635.]
Rare etching. Sheet 300 x 200mm (11¾ x 8"). Trimmed within plate, small repaired tear top, creasing.
A full-length portrait of French courtier dressed in more sombre fashion, his young valet (lackey) removing his more elaborate dress. A contemporary print showing the effects of the ordinance of 18th November 1633, one of two sumptuary laws in which Louis XIII banned extravagant dress styles. No one but princes and the nobility could wear gold embroidery or caps, shirts, collars and cuffs embroidered with metallic threads or lace; and puffs, slashes, and bunches of ribbon were severely restricted. From a series 'Les Metiers' (Trades) by Abraham Bosse (c.1604-76), which contained several references to these mostly-ignored regulations.
[Ref: 55654]   £260.00   (£312.00 incl.VAT)
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