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Emmanuel de la Selle, Chevalier de Chateaubourg-Attrib."Gentleman in park", miniature , ca.1795
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Portrait of a young aristocrat pointing to a letter "M" scratched on the trunk of the tree - surely, the first letter of the name of his beloved woman (bride? mistress?). It is a work of a very good artist from the time around 1795.
All stylistic criteria show strong resemblance with works of the well known French miniaturist (who worked also a long time in Germany and Russia!) Chevalier de Chateaubourg. Our additional images with clips from " Die Miniaturen Sammlung seiner Königlichen Hoheit des Grossherzogs Ernst Ludwig von Hessen und bei Rhein" convincingly confirm this attribution.
Until today there was a quite confusion in biographical information concerning the French miniaturist Charles-Joseph de la Celle, Chevalier de Chateaubourg (1758 Nantes - 1837 ibidem). A number of sources say that the artist lived in St. Petersburg from 1800 to 1805, from where he made trips to Tver and Moscow. Also the sources say that his sitters of this Russian period were exclusively members of high artistocracy and royalties.
An article by the Russian art historian Michael Asvarishch published in 2012 under the title "Emmanuel de la Selle, Chevalier de Chateaubourg (1762-1806)" is drawing a line between two artists bearing the same surname, one of whom really stayed in Russia and the other one did not. In his article (see our additional image nr. 14) Mr. Asvarishch tells about two brothers - Emmanuel de la Selle, Chevalier de Chateaubourg (1762-1806) and his elder brother (so Asvarishch; after a close web research we think they were cousins) Charles-Joseph de la Celle, Chevalier de Chateaubourg. According to the logic of Mr. Avarishch (which we share entirely!) the here presented miniature was painted by Chateaubourg Junior.
Well, Emmanuel Malo de la Selle, Chevalier de Chateaubourg was born on 18 October 1762 in Rennes, France. In 1773 he became a page at court, then in 1778 he began his military service. In 1785, as a sub-lieutenant, he served under Louis Joseph, Prince of Condé in Vendée. After the revolution he joined the Nobiliary Infantry Regiment (le régiment noble à pied) in the Corps of the Prince of Condé. He held the rank of lieutenant when he retired in 1791 and emmigrated to Britain. In the period from 1794 to 1797 he travelled around the German states, growing in fame as a miniaturist until he finally settled in Berlin in 1797. He received portrait commissions from numerous German ruling princes and also from the Prussian Royal family. In 1800 the artist moved to Saint Petersburg where he became one of the most sought after painters among the high aristocracy and royalties. He filled a certain artistic vacuum left by August Christian Ritt's death in 1799. Emmanuel stayed in the Russian capital until his death on 14 April 1806. The author of an obituary included in the edited in 1816 in St. Petersburg edited "Ephémérides Russes Politiques, Littéraires, Historiques et Nécrologiques" strangely calls him by the first name "Dominique Emmanuel" (see our last additional image).
Provenance: private collection, USA; Auction House Skinner, USA, 2006
Condition: fairly good; minor crack at 4:30 o'clock; minimal paint loss at 3:30 o'clock
Creation Year: ca 1795
Measurements: UNFRAMED:8,8x7,3cm/3,5x2,9in FRAMED: 9,5x8,0cm/3,7x3,1in
Object Type: Framed miniature
Style: Portrait miniatures
Technique: watercolor on ivory
Creator: Emmanuel Malo de la Selle, Chevalier de Chateaubourg
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Creator Dates: 1762 Rennes-1806 St. Peterburg
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