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Old Master in Folkestone


On Monday 8th May we are selling a large painting of the highest quality, The Annunciation with Saint Charles Borromeo, attributed to the French master Nicolas Mignard (1606-1668). The painting came up for sale on April 2010 at Christie's Old Master and 19th Century Sale in King Street estimated at £15,000 to £20,000.

The Mignard expert, who alas has since died, Mr. Schnapper, suggested it was probably a copy of the original, but also dated 1652. This is a tantalising comment. In those days and in modern times artists had studios with talented artists working with the master. We will never know how much of our painting was actually painted by Mignard and how much by his studio artists. It was not uncommon to make copies since there were no cameras in those days.


The Annunciation is a large impressive painting in an equally impressive frame. It would make a wonderful addition to any boardroom or public space.

If you have any paintings you would like to have valued, please contact Jonathan Riley of Grand Auctions, Folkestone, Kent.

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