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H.-F.-G. Viollier "Grand Duchess Elizabeth Alexeievna of Russia", 1797/98, sensational find!! 10000 EUR
H.-F.-G. Viollier "Grand Duchess Elizabeth Alexeievna of Russia", 1797/98, sensational find!!
This painting was offered in the late 2016 by one of German auction houses as a presumable work of female Munich miniaturist Franzisca Schoepfer ("Portrait of an elegant lady in front of a forest background"). Having examined the auction house's pre-sale online catalogue, we promptly identified this superior quality drawing (according to its sitter's dress and hairstyle, it was executed in the late 1790s) as:
Henri Francois Gabriel Viollier was born in 1750 in Geneva into a family of a goldsmith. He spent his youth in France. In 1774 he entered the service of Grand Duke of Wuerttemberg. Viollier's earliest works are dated 1776-1778. In 1780 he came to Russia. In 1781-1782 he accompanied Grand Duke Paul and his wife Maria Fedorovna on their journey through Europe. In 1784 he was appointed as an artist at the Court of Grand Duke Paul and "inspector of cabinets and galleries". In 1785 the St. Petersburg Imperial Academy granted him a title of a "naznachenny" ("appointed") artist. In the 1780s he was active in various artistic fields: decoration of the palace and garden pavilions in Pavlovsk, architectural construction projects in Gatchina and (later) of Michailovski Palace in St. Petersburg.
Creation Year: 1797/98
Measurements: UNFRAMED:9,9x9,9cm/3,9x3,9in FRAMED: 29,0x29,0cm/11,4x11,4in
Object Type: Framed drawing
Style: Portrait Miniatures
Technique: indian ink and brown wash on paper (tondo); laid on mount
Creator: Henri Francois Gabriel Viollier
Creator Dates: 1750 Geneva-1829 St. Petersburg
Nationality: Swiss / Russian
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