Sébastien Leclerc I (French, Metz 1637–1714 Paris)
Etching; fourth state
Plate: 6 1/8 x 4 in. (15.5 x 10.2 cm)
Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1953
Not on view
This work shows the interior of the Hall of Mirrors shortly after its painted ceiling celebrating Louis XIV's triumphs was completed by Charles Le Brun. The chandeliers, the tables placed between the arched-topped mirrors, and the flanking tubs for the orange trees were made of solid silver. All the silver furnishings at Versailles were melted down in 1789 in order to finance the king's military campaigns against the League of Augsburg.
Signature: lower right, in plate: 'Se. le Clerc'
Princes of Liechtenstein, Vaduz and Vienna; Vendor: P. & D. Colnaghi & Co.
Jombert I.165(1) iv; BN III.3061 iv
Charles Antoine Jombert Catalogue raisonné de l'oeuvre de Sébastien Le Clerc, chevalier romain, dessinateur et graveur du cabinet du roi. 1774, cat. no. I.165(1) iv, p. 165.