"La Conté d'avergne"

Lot Number 311
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Title "La Conté d'avergne"
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Description AUVERGNE (PROVINCE OF THE) SIXTEENTH-CENTURY ILLUSTRATED HERALDIC MANUSCRIPT ON VELLUM, AN ARMORIAL GENEALOGY OF THE HOUSE OF LA TOUR IN THE AUVERGNE, APPARENTLY BOUND FOR MARGARET DE VALOIS titled "La Conté d'avergne", containing 37 illuminated coats of arms of the Counts of Auvergne and of Boulogne, followed by those of the medieval emperors Artus, Henry of Germany, Countess Mahault of Boulogne, the King of Portugal, Marie de Montgascon, Jeanne ("Jehane") de Clermont, Bertrand de la Tour, John (Jehan), Duke of Albany, Anna de La Tour, Lorenzo de' Medici, Henri II of France and Catherine de' Medici, executed in gold, silver and watercolours; together with ten drawings of their castles and communes in the Auvergne (now in the Puy-de-Dôme department) in ink & colour-wash and titled "Vic Le Compte", "Buron", "Mercurol", "Cramps", "Iboys", "Couppeil", "Sainct Babel", "Busseoul", "Mirefleur" and "Las", [French provenance: the Auvergne, second half of the sixteenth century]. 10 leaves, on vellum (c.37 x 24cms), red-ruled borders throughout, contemporary olive morocco, apparently bound for presentation to Margaret de Valois: lettered "Margareta Decus Liliorum" in the elaborate gilt fillet border with roses & lilies and mottos, including in the central cartouche ("Unde orta est huc redeat res"), some light staining and cockling
Comments This is a most attractive manuscript illustrating the genealogy of two of the most significant queens of France and their links with the Auvergne: Catherine de' Medici (1519-1589), wife of Henry II, and Margaret de Valois (1553-1615: "la reine Margot"), wife of Henry IV. The arms include those of the medieval ancestors the emperors Artus [Arthur?] and Henry of Germany, the thirteenthcentury Countess Mahault de Boloigne, through Marie de Montgascon (1376-1437), down to Anna de La Tour (1496-1524), Lorenzo de' Medici and Margaret's parents, Henri II of France (1519-1559) and Catherine de' Medici (1519-1589). The final coat of arms names Catherine as the guardian of the Auvergne ("Tutela Civitatis Arvernorum": now Clermont-Ferrand), Margaret married Henri III of Navarre in 1572, before he became Henri IV of France in 1589.
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Provenance From the Collection of Prince and Princess Henry De la Tour d'Auvergne Lauraguais
Estimated Price GBP 10,000.00 - 15,000.00
( USD 16,700.00 - 25,050.00 )
Actual Price GBP 54,050.00 ( USD 87,561.00 )

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Auction House Sothebys
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Auction Name From the Collection of Prince and Princess Henry de la Tour D'Auvergne Lauraguais
Sale Number #L12308
Auction Date May 3, 2012 - May 3, 2012
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