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ENGLISH & FRENCH ANTIQUE TEXTILES

   

AN EXTREMELY RARE PANEL OF FRENCH TOILE. REVOLUTIONARY PERIOD. ca.1790

This small panel of French toile is very unusual and rare. It depicts the financier Jacques Necker, probably at the end of his career as advisor to Louis XV1 before, and during the French Revolution. This is indicated by the flag with the inscription "JE ME REND" in English, "I surrender".

Jacques Necker was a Swiss banker and became the General Director of Finance under Louis XV1 in. In 1790 he was forced to retreat after mishandling France's finances. This contributed to the start of the French Revolution. He fled to Switzerland where he married and became the father of Madame de Stael.

It is unsure what various illustrations in this toile mean. Many are symbolic. However, a rough portrait is most certainly Necker. And possible the figures on the houses (Paris, perhaps?), are attempting to destroy buildings.

The colouring is strong and in madder red and duck egg blue. Condition excellent.

Measurements: 30" wide (full width) x 16" deep. A wonderful piece for the serious collector, or it could be teamed with antique linen for decorative purposes.

Price: SOLD

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