?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 350 - $ 500
MISTRESS OF KING LOUIS XV DU BARRY, JEANNE BÉCU; COMTESSE. Letter Signed, "La Comtesse du Barry," to an unnamed count, in French, requesting the repair of a wall near her gardens. 1 page, small 4to, with integral blank; moderate scattered foxing, remnants of prior mounting along vertical fold on terminal page, folds. Louveciennes, 4 July 1778
"I beg you to remember, Count, the purpose for which the Abbot . . . appealed to you on my behalf. . . . [O]nly your many engagements could have delayed . . . favorable arrangements for my interests. However, I must remind you . . . . [T]he wall, that movement of the ground has knocked down, . . . [allows] free entry to my gardens. . . . [P]lease take up my request, and be assured of my deep feelings with which I am, Count, your very humble and obedient servant."
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