Rarest Cameo of the Marquise D'Antin
  • Material: Sardonyx Shell, 15k gold tested.
  • Size: 2 6/8", only cameo is 2 2/8".
  • Date and Origin: Circa 1880 Italy.
  • Conditions: Mint.  With accompanying paperwork stating that this is `La Marchesa D`Antin di Jean Marc Nattier", paperwork is written in Italian. After a painting of Jean Marc Nattier, Portrait of the Marquise d'Antin, 1738, now in the Jacquemart - Andre Museum, Paris, France. 
Museum quality cameo of a rarest subject, never seen before now, depicting the Marquise D'Antin, Marie-Françoise-Renée de Carbonnel-Canisy which became after Countess FORCALQUIER. She had a brief relationship with the King Louis XV when he was sentimentally tied to Madame de Pompadour. It is said that she was one of most beautiful woman at the court of the king Louis XV. Her portrait, painted by Jean Marc Nattier, is in the Jacquemart-Andre Museum in Paris. The cameo is wonderfully carved and is very large, her face is very pretty, she is beautiful, her expression is so sweet and her facial features really lovely. All the details, like the dress, the flowers on it, the parrot held by her, are magnificently made. Really a true rarest cameo with a gorgeous gold frame. Absolutely to be collected.  Look at the original painting shown below and see how the carver tried to portray her following the original work. Everything is perfectly rendered. The stunning and heavy gold frame, simple but of a great effect, completes this cameo and makes it unique.  A fantastic cameos to not to be missed.

A bit of history:

Marie-François-Renèe de Forcalquier, daughter of Renè Anne-de Carbonnel, Earl of Canisy (1683 - 1728), belonging to the younger branch of Carbonnel Canisy and Eleanor Therese of Guestre Prèval (1685-1727), the little Marie-François-Renèe de Carbonnel Canisy was born in Paris on 9 April 1725. She was baptized seven months later November 14, 1725 in the Catholic faith. Third and youngest child and only daughter also of the family, Marie-Françoise had two older brothers: Claude Gabriel (d. 1721), Hervè Pierre-Charles (1724-1728). Marie-Françoise lost her parents when she was just a little girl, her mother died in 1727 while his father followed her in the grave a year later. After the death of her parents, the girl is greeted by her paternal grandmother, Charlotte Paluelle The Countess of Canisy that teachs her carefully how to become a lady of the Royal court. In 1735, when she is older than ten years, Marie-Françoise loses her grandmother, the Countess of Canisy, which took care of her since the death of her parents. Marie-Françoise, who is the only survivor of her family - having her two brothers died in childhood - becomes heiress of her paternal grandmother, Charlotte La Paluelle, last descendant of the canopies Paluelle, becoming lady and owner of Château La Paluelle. When she reached the age of twelve she married her first husband, April 11, 1737 (two days after her twelfth birthday) at Castle Paluelle, Antoine-François de Pardaillan of Gondrin, Marquis d'Antin (1709-1741) sixteen years older than her, he was the son of the Countess of Toulouse, Marie-Sophie-Victoire de Noailles (confidante of Louis XV for his first love affairs) and grandson of the famous Marquise de Montespan (mistress of King Louis XIV), Louis-Antoine, duc d'Antin, was his father. The couple will not have children. On April 24, 1741, Marie-Françoise d'Antin becomes a widow and childless, after only four years of marriage. The marquise is still a young woman (she is sixteen years old) of a great beauty and also cultured. Without waiting any longer she married her second husband in Paris March 6, 1742, on the eve of hes seventeen years, Louis Bufile Brancas, Marquis of Cereste, and also the Count of Forcalquier (1710-1753). From them was born a girl named Jane, November 23, 1743. This new relationship allows the Countess to enter into the court of Versailles. But the marriage of Louis and Marie-Françoise Bufile started to falter: the Countess of Forcalquier was immediately disappointed by her husband who was too jealous and violent toward her. On January 30, 1746, the only daughter of Madame de Forcalquier, Jeanne, died at age two, probably by an infantile disease. The beauty of the Countess of Forcalquier makes out by the king. The Duke of Luynes describes her like this in his memories: "You can not be more beautiful than Madame de Forcalquier, she is small but very well made, a beauty incarnate, a round face, big and beautiful eyes, and everything is made more beautiful by the facial expression ". Louis XV paid more and more attention to the Countess while maitresse-en-titre is Madame de Pompadour. The Countess of Forcalquier becomes his mistress for some time that the King neglects even the Marquise of Pompadour. February 3, 1753, the Count of Forcalquier dies. Madame de Forcalquier was probably glad to find herself free and widow and does not think to marry again. The Countess is an intelligent woman who frequents Parisians salons and befriends the Marquise du Deffand (Marie de Vichy-Champrond) and Madame de Forcalquier never become really friends. For more than forty years the two women had a frequentation and showed a great intimacy, but still they are basically strangers. Sometimes inconstancy, vanity, frivolity, in brief, the exquisitely feminine vocation Madame de Forcalquier, enjoy the marquise, most often annoy. Minet, Chat, Bellissima are the caressing and ironic nicknames running in the letters of Madame du Deffand. Madame de Forcalquier is fully absorbed by her role of beautiful fashionable woman, Madame du Deffand is now focused on her intellectual prestige. "The Countess of Forcalquier was certainly recognized universally for her beauty, as we can see from the magnificent portrait made by Nattier. One day, during a Mass at Versailles, she did the begging and approached a wealthy financier, he said dryly, "I have nothing ", then the beautiful countess handed him the money from the begging replying "Then take it, sir, because it is for the poor ... I beg." Even though the Countess seems to be a good person she is also able to maneuver skillfully in the intrigues of the court and to be close to the royal favor and favorites of the king. Following the death of King Louis XV, Madame de Forcalquier no longer find her place in the new Versailles of Marie Antoinette. One day she discussed with the Prince of Montbarrey, then Louis XVI asked the Prince who was that woman that he did not know. The story was reported and Madame de Forcalquier realized it was time for her to leave the court. During the Revolution, she was imprisoned at the Oiseaux from April 13 to October 7, 1794. Françoise Marie-Renèe de Carbonnel Canisy, Marquise d'Antin and Countess of Forcalquier died in 1796, aged seventy-one years.