Marquise de Flavacourt by Pierre Adolphe Hall (auctioned by Christie's)

The name Marquise de Flavacourt is associated with Hortense Félicité de Mailly, the one of the five de Nesle sisters to not become mistress of Louis XV. She lived between 1715 and 163. This Marquise de Flavacourt wearing a sheath dress and bouffant coiffure, characteristic of the 1780s, is probably someone else.

From madameguillotine.org.uk/2010/05/15/miniature-beauties/; image enlarged to 18 cm.

This Marquise is dressed in chic 1780s style that Christie's describes as, "Marquise de Flavacourt, full face in low-cut white dress with moss green bodice and fichu, wide purple sash with large gold buckle, tied purple ribbons at elbows, pink roses at corsage, pink roses and foliage in her powdered curling hair; wooded and foliate background."

Keywords:  Hall - Pierre, Marquise, French, bouffant coiffure, floral headdress, fichu, square décolletage, full accordion sleeves, arm bands, belt, jeweled buckle, sheath dress


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