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E. Martin (1790-1876) "Decembrist Kakhovsky", extremely important Russian miniature!!!!! 40000 EUR
E. Martin (1790-1876) "Decembrist Kakhovsky", extremely important Russian miniature!!!!!
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The author, French miniaturist E. Martin (1790-1876; see our last additional image) came to St. Petersburg in the 1820s and stayed there for 20 years working as portraitist of the high society (some of his works of this period can be seen in various museums in Russia). He always (without exception!) signed with the work's number following his name (we are sure this numbering is not chronological - some of the sitters with lower numbers are dressed and coiffed according to fashion which existed much later than that of sitters with higher numbers. In reality (as we suppose) this numbering was a code which the artist used to distinguish between different groups of sitters and honorariums etc - for example the first figure was the number of a group (men, women, military officers, civilians, children etc.; the next two figures were also a code for something (honorarium, time of execution etc.)). In June 1991 the artist's estate was sold in one of the French provincial auction houses including an accounts book containing 557 numbers with the names of the sitters (!) sometimes with a very personal note. Unfortunately the whereabouts of this book are unknown today....
Provenance: Neal Auction Company, May 23rd 2010, lot 725
Condition: very good
Creation Year: ca 1825
Measurements: UNFRAMED:6,4x5,1cm/2,5x2,0in FRAMED: 7,5x5,6cm/3,0x2,2in
Object Type: Framed miniature
Style: Portrait Miniatures
Technique: watercolor on ivory
Inscription: signed and numbered: E.Martin 152
Creator: E. Martin
Creator Dates: 1790-1876
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