Possibly a Portrait of the Prince of Guise. ATTRIBUTED TO COME DUMONSTIER (ACTIVE, 1545 - 1605)

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ATTRIBUTED TO COME DUMONSTIER (ACTIVE, 1545 - 1605)
Possibly a Portrait of the Prince of Guise
Graphite, red ink, brown and yellow chalk, stump drawing
Entitled and dated “Le Prince de Guise. 1598.”
13 x 9 1/2 in. visible, 22 x 19 in. framed.


$15,000.


Previously attributed to Daniel Dumonstier (1574-1646), it is possible that this portrait is from the hand of Come, the father of Daniel, a portrait painter in Paris at the court of Nerac. This hypothesis is difficult to confirm because very few portraits drawn by the artist exist to this day. Not only was Come a painter, he was also the valet to Catherine de’ Medici and Margaret of Valois, the Queen of Navarre. This portrait most likely represents Charles I de Guise (1571-1640), who inherited the titles of Duke of Guise and Prince de Joinville in 1588, at the death of his father Henri de Guise, nicknamed the “balafre” (The scarred).


We thank Daniel Lecoeur who suggested the attribution to Come Dumonstier.

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