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# 36508

Guillaume Descamps "Eglé Rosalie Paulée in the age of 3-3,5 years", important drawing!!, 1814

Price: 1450  EUR

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This portrait will be sold only together in the following group of items.

This, of high quality dated 1814 portrait drawing was acquired as a part of a 6-pieces-lot (together with five other by the same hand - see our images nr.8-10) at the inventory sale of Chateau des Cornudet a Crocq, in the surroundings of Aubusson, region Limousin, central France. Comte Cornudet des Chaumettes and his cousin, comte Mathieu de la Redorte are today's owners of the chateau (both families became related through the marriage of Valentine Mathieu de la Redorte (1834-1889) and the grandson of Joseph, comte Cornudet des Chaumettes (in 1813 it was his who owned the chateau) in 1854).
The sale on 27 June 2012 was conducted by Paris auction house "Cornette de Saint Cyr" which called it rather anonimous (on request of the owner of the collection!) - "Ancienne collection du Comte Mathieu de la Redorte et du Comte Cornudet des Choummetes (correct: Chaumettes - B.W.) /provenant d'un chateau de la region d'Aubusson…" (as we see without mentioning the name of the chateau).

Besides the here discussed portrait, all other five drawings of the mentioned 6-pieces-lot are portraits of following persons:
1. (our web # 36511 ) Signed, dated 1813 and (recently) titled on verso portrait of 45-year-old Jeanne, comtesse Cornudet des Chaumettes, nee Baronesse Cellier du Montel (1768-1834), wife of Chateau des Cornudet' 1813-owner.

2. (our web # 36509) Signed, dated 1813 and titled obverse (by artist!) portrait of 14-year-old Eglé-Eugenie Vanlerberghe (1799-1875), who in 1821 married the son of 1813-owner of Chateau des Cornudet, Etienne-Emile, Comte Cornudet des Chaumettes.

3. (our web # 36507) Signed and dated 1813 portrait of 20-21-year-old and already married elder sister of latter, Sophie Angélique Vanlerberghe (ca. 1792-1864), who married three years before, in 1810, the young Napoleonic officer Jean-Baptiste César Paulée. She was the mother of our sweet little girl.

4. (our web # 36506) Signed, dated 1813 and titled (by artist!) portrait of 24-year-old Hussar Leutenant Jean-Baptiste César Paulée (1789-1831), son of an extremely wealthy father. From 1810 husband of our no.3, he became (in the same or the next year) father of the little girl.

5. (our web # 36510) Signed and dated 1813 portrait of already divorced, eldest from three Vanlerberghe sisters, 23-year-old Barbe Rosalie Josephine Vanlerberghe (1790-1879). In 1805, then 15 years old, she married Napoleon's adjutant, General Jean Rapp, divorced him in 1811 and married in 1816 her second husband, Leonard-Charles de Villoutreys de Brignac.

In contrary to the found on the web, completed by amateur genealogists information (which says, this little girl is born "ca. 1815" or even "1817"), we are sure she was born in 1810/11 (1810 is the date of her parents' wedding), so in 1814 (date on the drawing) she really was in this visual age of 3-3,5 years. We do not in any kind doubt the fact, that this exactly is Eglé-Rosalie Paulée because we could not find any other girl in this age while researching the families Cornudet, Vanlerberghe and Paulée for the period about 1814.

Well, Eglé-Rosalie Paulée was born either in late 1810 or in 1811, as daughter of Sophie Angélique Vanlerberghe (mother's father and the child's grandfather Ignace-Joseph Vanlerberghe, was one of the greatest speculators of France; he had a very great fortune but lost a major part until 1814) and Jean-Baptiste César Paulée, son of another great French speculator and millionaire (he was also a friend and partner of Ignace-Joseph Vanlerberghe - Jean-Baptiste Paulée-senior). In 1814 the girl's father (see our web # 36505 and # 36506) served in the army, was adjutant of General Guilleminot and in that time when five of six, all dated 1813, drawn portraits were made (we are sure it happened in the same few days) received a short-term vacation and could visit his family (the location of their residence at this time is unknown to us; but it is clear that the Cornudets, who lived in their chateau near Aubusson and the Paulées saw each other rather often. The connection was hold throughout many years by the sisters Vanlerberghe).
After the Bourbons returned, Jean-Baptiste César Paulée took over in his father's business and became one of the most important traders in realty in France.
Our Eglé-Rosalie married Chales-Marie-Tanneguy, comte Duchatel (1803-1867) in 1836, the well-known politician from the period of Louis-Philippe, who accompanied his King to latter's exile in England (1848) and stayed there with him for some time (probably Eglé-Rosalie was also there). Later he was Member of Parliament and diplomat. The couple (and their both children) lived in Chateau de Mirambeau near the town Jonzac, region Poitou-Charentes (see image nr.11).

Only the date of her death seems to be true - 1878 (on Ebay we saw her obituary notice dated 1878). Obviously it is a typical situation, when an adult woman deliberately lies about her age...
And a last interesting detail: in the issue from 30 November 1833 of London "The Court Journal" (see our image 13) we find an interesting message from Paris: "A marriage is said to be on the tapis between a son of Marshal Soult and Mlle Paulée, daughter -in-law of General Jacqueminot, and one of the richest heiresses in France…" So, two years before the wedding of Lieutenant's Paulée daughter Eglé Rosalie (our no. 4) with Charles-Marie Tanneguy comte Duchatel (read description of our web # 36508) Eglé Rosalie (daughter-in-law of her mother's second husband General Jacqueminot) according to rumors, was to marry Marshal Soult's son Napoleon!
Either this marriage was very short-termed and ended with a divorce after a couple of months or it did not take place at all. In any case, in 1835 Eglé Rosalie married Comte Duchatel...See our image nr. 12 showing her as Comtesse Duchatel in 1841.

The author of this (and all other from 6-piece-lot) drawing) was the well-known Parisian portraitist Guillaume Descamps, who just came back to the French capital after a few years of stay at the court of Joachim Murat in Naples.

Guillaume-Désire-Joseph Descamps was born in 1779 in Lille and died in 1858 in Paris. He was a pupil of François-André Vincent. In 1802, he won the 2nd Rome-Prize for his painting "Sabinus et Eponine devant Vespasien". Through involvement of Jean-Baptiste Wicar, in 1808, he became a "Peintre officiale du Roi de Naples, Joachim Murat" (in that period, he painted Murat's portrait, as well as some subjects from events of those times: among others, "La roi Joachim Murat distribuant des récompenses aux blessés a bord de la frigate "La Céres", après le combat de 27 juin 1809" (formerly in Palazzo de Potrici in Naples; it was also engraved by Descamps himself)). He regularly exhibited at the Salon de Paris portraits, historical and religious scenes (a.o. paintings intended for churches - St. Estauche (1819) in Paris, St. André (1822) and Chapel of Hospital in Lille.
Works of Descamps can be viewed today in Versailles, Chateau Malmaison, Museum of Fine Arts in Lille, etc.


Condition: good; in original old matting, newly framed

Creation Year: 1814

Measurements:UNFRAMED:1,5x11,5cm/0,6x4,5in FRAMED: 25,6x22,4cm/10,1x8,8in

Object Type:Framed drawing

Style: Portrait miniatures

Technique: brown ink and wash (drawn in oval) on paper

Inscription:monogrammed and dated: D. 1814; inscribed by artist (work notes)

Creator: Guillaume-Désire-Joseph Descamps

Creator Dates: 1779 Lille-1858 Paris



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