Louis XV of France
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Louis XV of France

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Document signed, 15 pages, 8,75 x 12,75 inch - and two annexed papers (three pages, 7,25 x 9,5 inch), Versailles, 10.XII.1713, in French, MARRIAGE-CONTRACT between Nicolas SEZILLE (born in 1679), Conseiller du Roi, Trésorier des Offrandes et Aumônes de Sa Majesté (Counselor of the King, His Majesty’s Treasurer of the offerings and alms) and Angelique BEAUDET DE MORLET, daughter of Noel Beaudet de Morlet, counselor secretary of the King, and Marie-Eleonore Hersent (i.e. her stepmother), Femme de Chambre de Monseigneur le Dauphin (valet of His Grace the Dauphin – perhaps the reason why the Dauphin signed this contract), signed by Louis XV of France in dark ink "Louis" as Dauphin (aged 3 years, 10 months - the signature is slightly shaky, probably his hand was led by the hand of an adult) - besides Louis XV, the numerous signatures of the relatives and friends of the bridal pair (given in the house of the bride’s father at Versailles, 11th December 1713) we find a group of five signatures of members of the high nobility and high functionaries, who already signed the contract, to approve it, at the 10th December in the Castle of Versailles (for more detailed information see `Expert comment`), with browning and mild signs of wear to the edges of a few pages - in fine condition. Accompanied by a half-linen paperboard cover (10 x 14,25 inch) bearing printed portraits of attendant members of the high nobility and handwritten informations related to the guests of the marriage (in French). In parts: "Furent présens M Nicolas SEZILLE conseiller du Roy tresorier des offrandes et aumosnes de Sa Majesté demeurant à Paris rue du Jardin et paroisse Saint Cosme fils de deffunt Me. Pierre Sezille vivant avocat en parlement et ancien grenetier au grenier à sel de Noyon et de dame Barbe Le Brun sa veuve pour luy et en son nom, d’une part et Noel BEAUDET ecuyer sieur de MORLET conseiller secretaire du Roy maison couronne de France huissier ordinaire de la Chambre de Sa Majesté et directeur general de ses pepinieres, et dame Marie Eleonore HARSANT [HERSENT] son epouse en secondes noces femme de chambre de Monseigneur le Dauphin, demeurans ordinairement à VERSAILLES etans ce jour à Paris, la ditte dame autorisée dudit Sieur son epoux à l’effet des présentes, tant en leurs noms que comme ledit Sieur de Morlet tuteur et stipulant pour damoiselle Angelique BEAUDET DE MORLET sa fille et de deffunte dame Margueritte GALLYOT aussy son epouse en premieres noces, ladite damoiselle demeurante en la maison dudit Sieur son père à ce présente et de son consentement, d’autre part. Lesqueles parties de l’agreement de Monseigneur le DAUPHIN de Monseigneur le Cardinal de ROHAN evesque et prince de Strasbourg, de Madame la DUCHESSE DE VENTADOUR gouvernante des enfans de France, de Monseigneur le DUC D’ANTIN, de Monsieur DESMARETS controlleur general des finances et de Monsieur LE REBOURS intendant des finances, plus en la presence et du consentement de leurs parens et amis savoir du coste dudit Sieur Sezille de Maistre Jean SEZILLE DU BUHAT conseiller du Roy au baillage de Noyon frere, de Maistre Robert SULPICE controlleur des decimes de Paris dame Marie Louise SEZILLE son epouze sœur, dame Marguerite SEZILLE veuve de Maistre Andre MORE procureur au parlement sœur, sieur Pierre SEZILLE de PUISALENNE frere et de Maistre Charles MORE conseiller du Roy clerc en sa chapelle et oratoire mere (?), et de la part de la dite damoiselle Morlet, de Louis Michel BEAUDET DE MORLET ecuier receu en survivance de la charge d’huissier de la chambre du Roy, Jean-Baptiste Nicolas BEAUDET DE MORLET ecuier freres, Michel DE LA PORTE sieur de VERVILLE, ecuier ordinaire du Roy en sa petite ecurie, dame Marguerite BEAUDET DE MORLET son epouze sœur, sieur – BEAUDET DE MORLET interessé es affaires du Roy grand oncle paternel, Messire GALLYOT lieutenant colonel des Galliottes du canal de Versailles, oncle maternel, sieur Jean Pierre BOSC marchand bourgeois de Paris cousin maternel dame Marie Anne LEGRAS son epouze, Maistre DESGOTS conseiller du Roy controlleur general des batiments de Sa Majesté dame – MARION son epouze et damoiselle Marie Anne DESGOTS fille amies. Sont convenus des clauses et conventions du présent contrat de mariage ainsy qu’il ensuit. C’est a savoir que le dit Sieur de MORLET a promis donner en mariage la dite damoiselle Angelique BEAUDET DE MORLET sa fille audit Sieur SEZILLE qui de sa part promet la prendre pour sa femme et legitime epouse et dudit mariage en faire celebrer la solemnité en sainte eglise catolique…"

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SKU 6012606
Profession Monarch of the House of Bourbon who ruled as King of France and Navarre from 1 September 1715 until his death. He succeeded his great-grandfather Louis XIV at the age of five.
Geburtsjahr 1710
Sterbejahr 1774
Size in inch (1 inch = 2.5 cm) 8,75 x 12,75
Condition fine
Type of Autograph documents
Expert comment Besides Louis XV and the numerous signatures of the relatives and friends of the bridal pair (given in the house of the bride’s father at Versailles, 11th December 1713) we find a group of five signatures of members of the high nobility and high functionaries, who already signed the contract, to approve it, at the 10th December in the Castle of Versailles: (1) Armand Gaston Maximilien, Prince de ROHAN (1674-1749), Cardinal in 1712, Grand Almoner of France 1713 and member of the counsel of Regency in 1722; (2) Charlotte-Eléonore Magdeleine de la Mothe-Houdancourt, Duchesse de VENTADOUR (1654-1744), governess of the Dauphin, who even called her ‘Mum’; (3) Louis-Antoine de Pardaillan de Gondrin, DUC D’ANTIN (1665-1736); Directeur des Bâtiments du Roi (director of the King’s buildings), responsible for the buildings at Versailles; (4) Nicolas DESMARETS (1648-1721), Contrôleur général des Finances (finance minister); (5) Alexandre LE REBOURS (1662-1736), Intendant des Finances and subordinated to Desmarets. –Within the group of relatives and friends, that have signed, several are interesting because of their charges at Court: (1) Claude DESGOTZ (also DESGOTS, ca. 1758-1732), architect and landscape gardener, grandnephew and collaborator of the famous André Le Nôtre (1613-1700), the creator of the gardens of Versailles, who passed on to him his department of Contrôleur général des Bâtiments et Manufactures de Sa Majesté in 1698 – Desgots was a friend of the Beaudet family; (2) father of the bride Noel BEAUDET DE MORLET (1651-1725) also was Huissier ordinaire de la Chambre du Roi (kind of valet of the King’s chamber, porting a sword – a charge that was in great demand and only a few were chosen) and Directeur général des Pepinieres du Roi (Director general of the King’s tree nurseries) – He seems to have been the first one of his family raised to nobility by the Sun King; (3) Michel DE LA PORTE DE VERVILLE, Ecuyer ordinaire du Roi en sa petite Écurie (Ordinary Equerry of the King of his Little Stable), brother-in-law to the bride; (4) GALLYOT, the bride’s uncle (by his corporal mother, Marguerite Gallyot +1708), Lieutenant-Colonel des Galiotes du Canal de Versailles (Lieutenant-Colonel of the Galiots of the Channel of Versailles – Louis XIV had his own flotilla cruising on the Great Channel in the gardens). – Francois Couperin (1668-1733) dedicated a cembalo tune to the bride Angelique Beaudet de Morlet ‘La Sezile’ (1730).