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Mathies (fl. 1786-1803) "Aristocratic lady with baby", published miniature!, 1780s
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This superior quality miniature on ivory depicts a young (dressed and hair styled according to fashion of the 1780s (and not 1790s!)) noblewoman holding her little (appearing to be ca. 1-year-old) child on her lap. This work was first published by Max von Boehm in "Miniaturen und Silhouetten" (Minich 1917, p.72, 73, 76) as portrait of Comtesse de Vaudreuil, wife of Joseph Francois de Paula, Comte de Vaudreuil (b.1740), painted by the artist named Mathias.
According to Max von Boehm, Joseph Francois de Paula, Comte de Vaudreuil became in 1814 the Governor of Louvre and died in 1817.
Immediately after familiarizing ourselves with above information from M. v. Boehm's book (see our image nr.8), we began researching the background of this married couple on the Web. Relatively soon we were able to establish that the author of aforementioned book (M. v. Boehm) was erroneous in determining the identity of the sitter. The depicted lady from the 1780s could in no way be Victoire de Rigaud de Vaudreuil (she and her husband were also cousins) due to the fact that she was born in 1775 and married Comte de Vaudreuil in 1795 (see our image nr.9). Her first child was born in 1796 in London (Comte and Comtess were French émigrés).
Both facts - one-year-old child in 1797 and location where the miniature was painted (France; the country where the miniature's author, certain Mathies (Mathias) worked) - fully contradict to
a.) sitter's mature appearance of 1780s, as well as
b.) London as location where the miniature was painted.
"Our" young mother is not also another "Comtesse Vaudreuil" living in the same period - Victoire-Pauline de Vaudreuil, nee de Riquet de Caraman-Chimay (1764-1834). The latter was portrayed in 1785 by Mme Vigee-Lebrun (see image nr.10) - on this portrait we see absolutely another person. Moreover, it seems Victoire-Pauline was childlos.
Fazit: legend offered by Max von Boehm is wrong.
The information about the author of this miniature is rather scarce. Schidlof names certain Thomas Mathis (also Mathie, also Mathies), who was born about 1776 in Tartas, Department Landes (France), and who was mentioned in 1799 as a miniaturist aged 23. He could by no means have been the author of "our" miniature, for he was only nine or ten years old at the time it was made!
Nathalie Lemoine-Bouchard, on the contrary, says that between 1786 (sic!) and 1803 the name of French miniaturist Mathies (who also signed "Mathias") was brought up in reference sources and archive documents. She adds that his specialty was portraits of mothers with little children (!!!). Mme Lemoine-Bouchard mentions four miniatures by this artist (one of them is "our" miniature! see our images nr.11-12) and displays two of them in her book. Without any doubt they are works of our artist!
Condition: good (according to its size (6.5cm in diameter; typical for this type of use) the miniature previously decorated the lid of a round snuff-box
Creation Year: 1780s
Object Type: Framed miniature
Style: Portrait Miniatures
Technique: watercolor and gouache on ivory
Inscription: over the child's head is the remainder of artist's signature: Mat... fecit
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Creator Dates: was ment. btwn. 1786-1803 in France
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