Lot #129
King Louis XIV: Madame de Maintenon Autograph Letter Signed

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Estimate: $800+


Mistress and second wife of Louis XIV (1635-1719), who served as one of the King's closest advisers and as governess of the royal children. Scarce ALS in French, signed “Maintenon,” one page, 6.5 x 8.5, July 15, 1717. Handwritten letter, in full (translated): “It is better, Monsieur, to inform you early rather than too late. Mr. Briderey is very ill and the doctor of St. Lazare has just been sent for. I beg you, Monsieur, to be cautious so that we [sic] are not given anything before you have examined him. I am much afraid that my letter may not reach you in time in Paris.” In fine condition, with toning to the lightly trimmed edges. Accompanied by an engraved portrait. Briderey was Madame de Maintenon’s confessor and the superior of the priests of the Saint Lazare congregation. When this letter was written, the king had been dead for two years, and Madame de Maintenon had but two years to live. A very interesting piece of advice, which reveals the down-to-earth approach to life—in spite of her deep religious faith—of the morganatic wife of Louis XIV who had such a prominent influence on French public life for several decades.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autograph and Artifacts Featuring Art and Literature
  • Dates: #645 - Ended October 12, 2022

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