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I am deeply moved by my dear Mama’s kindness in regards to the paintings. The size is perfect; they will greatly increase the pleasure I take in visiting Trianon. May I kiss my dear mother with all my soul?

—Marie Antoinette to Maria Theresa, 18 March 1778
[translation: Olivier Bernier, Secrets of Marie Antoinette]
[image: Details from two paintings attributed to Johann Weikert; copies were commissioned by Marie Antoinette for her rooms at the Petit Trianon. (C) Château de Versailles, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Christophe Fouin]

I am deeply moved by my dear Mama’s kindness in regards to the paintings. The size is perfect; they will greatly increase the pleasure I take in visiting Trianon. May I kiss my dear mother with all my soul?

—Marie Antoinette to Maria Theresa, 18 March 1778

[translation: Olivier Bernier, Secrets of Marie Antoinette]

[image: Details from two paintings attributed to Johann Weikert; copies were commissioned by Marie Antoinette for her rooms at the Petit Trianon. (C) Château de Versailles, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Christophe Fouin]

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The Louvre pre-empted the auction of two pastel portraits by Elisabeth Vigee-Lebrun last month by purchasing them outright for 52,000€. It has been speculated that the two Lebrun portraits, which depict Madame de Montesson and Louis-Philippe d’Orléans, will be used in the upcoming Grand Palais exhibition about the artist set for late 2015.

[images: Versailles Enchères, via The Art Tribune]

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