The pastellist Maurice Quentin de La Tour frequently painted himself. Despite the variety of poses and different outfits worn in his self-portraits, they always faithfully reflect his appearance and feelings.
This is a replica by the artist of the self-portrait that he exhibited at the 1751 Salon, which is now held at the Musée de Picardie in Amiens. Fixing the viewer with a kindly gaze, La Tour is shown wearing a powdered wig tied with a bow. His electric blue morning coat is trimmed with a lace jabot, from which the work takes its name. He uses pastel, applied using different coloured sticks, to recreate the soft, velvety material, the reflection of the light on its folds and a lifelike sense of movement.