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Jean-Baptiste Isabey (1767-1855)-Follower "Princess Bagration", large miniature on ivory, 19th century

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It is a 19th-century copy made by a first-class (unfortunately anonymous) miniaturist after the famous miniature portrait by the great Jean-Baptiste Isabey (1767-1855; see our image nr.8 for the original).

In 1800 the sitter - Catharina Pavlona, nee Countess Skavronskaya (1782-1857), young lady-in-waiting of Tsarina - married a 35-year-old General Major Prince Piotr Ivanovich Bagration (1765-1812) at the wish of Tsar Pavel I and against her own will. The couple soon separated, and Princess moved to Vienna alone. Prince Bagration tried to win her back with the help of the Russian ambassador in Vienna Prince A.B.Kurakin, but his attempts remained unsuccesful. The young princess had astonishing popularity within the European aristocratic society, gained a euphoric appreciation of Goethe, let the young Prussian Grand Prince Ludwig fall in love with her. For a long time she stayed so young looking, that even at the age of thirty made an impression of a 15-year-old. Princess used to organize generous receptions in Vienna, gave balls, at which most noted Viennese aristocrats and members of diplomatic corps appeared. During the Vienna Congress in 1815 the Princess' house became the first private house visited by Tsar Alexander I. In Vienna she was in very close relationship to Chancellor Prince Metternich for a long time and gave birth to his daughter, which later married a Danish Count. In 1812 the Princess became a widow - her official husband Prince Bagration perished as a hero in the battle of Borodino near Moscow. Soon after the Vienna Congress she married Lord Goudon, but the marriage did not last long. After quick divorce she took the name Bagration again and moved to Paris, where she found herself again amid high society life. The Princess died in Paris in 1857.

Jean-Baptiste Isabey (1767 Nancy - 1855 Paris) was the most famous of all European portrait miniature painters of the turn of the 19th century. In 1785 he went to Paris to study under David, but the great master had just left for Rome. At first in a tight financial situation, Isabey finally was ordered to paint miniatures of the children of King's brother, Count D'Artois. By means of this commission he came to court, met the Queen Marie-Antoinette and obtained an apartment in Versailles. In 1786 David returned from Rome, accepted Isabey as pupil without payment and favoured him in every way. At the time of the Revolution the artist already acquired significant clientele in Paris. He portrayed most of the Convention members, became one of the intimates of Mme Bonaparte's house. Isabey was a drawing master of Hortense and Eugene de Beauharnais; he controlled the ceremony of Napoleon's coronation and organized festivities for the Empire.
In 1806 Isabey was appointed "Peintre dessinateur du cabinet de S.M. l'Empereur, des ceremonies et des relations exterieurs", and in the following year - "Premier peintre de la Chambre de l'Imperatrice". From 1809 Isabey had a studio in the porcelain factory in Sevres. When in 1810, Napoleon married Marie-Louise, Isabey became drawing master to the latter. In 1812 he went to Vienna to do the portraits of the Imperial Family. He returned there again in 1814 to paint the Congress of Vienna on the order of Talleyrand. He returned to Paris in 1815. With the beginning of Restoration he went to London. On his return in 1820 Louis XVIII appointed him miniature painter and "inspecteur dessinateur, ordonnateur des fetes et spectacles". Charles X gave him the title of royal draughtsman and painter and appointed him officer of the Legion d'honneur in 1825. In 1837 Louis-Philippe appointed him Assistant Keeper of the Royal Museums and gave him an apartment at Versailles. He also had the favours of Napoleon III from whom he obtained a pension of Frs. 6000.

Provenance: Vienna, noble estate

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Condition: very good; in original brass easel-frame in neoclassical style

Creation Year: 19th Century

Measurements: UNFRAMED:12,3x8,8cm/4,8x3,5in FRAMED: 15,8x10,1cm/6,2x4,0in

Object Type: Framed miniature

Style: Portrait Miniatures

Technique: watercolor on ivory

Inscription: verso is inscribed

Creator: Jean-Baptiste Isabey
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Creator Dates: 1767 Nancy-1855 Paris

Nationality: French

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