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Jeanne-Henriette Rath "Anselme Brugiere, Baron de Barante", high quality miniature!!, 1808
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On view here is a superior quality miniature portrait of 18-year-old officer of the Napoleonic cuirassiers (for comparison, see our image nr.15) Claude Ignace Anselme Brugiere, Baron de Barante (1786-1870). It was executed in 1808, six years after he graduated from Ecole militaire de Fontainebleau.
One year later, in 1809, he became a sous-prefet (vice-prefect) of Luxembourg; later - the treasurer of the National Guards of Hamburg. In 1815, he was appointed chief forestry inspector of the Crown-owned forests. Between 1832-1844 he was the chief tax collector of the departments Lozére and Puy-de-Dome. Barante was the son of French administrator and writer Claude-Ignace Brugiere, Baron de Barante (1745-1814; see our image nr.12) and the younger brother of French historian and politician, Prosper Brugiere, Baron de Barante (1782-1866; see our image nr.13). Back in 1813, he married Luxembourgian woman Marie Leopoldine, comtess de Bryas (1789-1880), but this marriage remained without issue.
Anselme Brugiere de Barante died at the age of 84, on November 17, 1870, in Dorat, department Puy-de-Dome.
On its verso (on original "backing" paper), the portrait bears a dedication inscribed by the sitter himself. It informs of his will to bequeath this portrait to his nephew, Prosper de Barante.
Clearly signed "Rath f. 1808", it is a work of well-known Swiss female miniaturist, Jeanne-Henriette Rath.
Henriette (Jeanne-Henriette) Rath was born on May 12th 1773 in Geneva into a French family from Nimes. In 1789 she already was a known portraitist and drawing teacher in Geneva. In 1798 she came to Paris to be a pupil of the great Isabey. In 1799 she exhibited "une grande miniature" at Salon de Paris. In the following year we meet her again in Geneva, working at the "Academie de dessin des jeunes filles de la Société des Arts". In 1801 she once again showed her miniatures at the Salon de Paris.
In 1812, at the intercession of her fellow-countryman, goldsmith Duval, she was invited to work at the court of St. Petersburg, where she became a painter to the Empress-Mother. She had so many orders that she was able to acquire a considerable fortune. She remained in Russia for one year or a bit longer - in 1813 we meet her already in Bern, Switzerland where she portrayed Grand Duchess Anna Fedorovna of Russia. In 1815 she made a trip to Italy.
After returning to Geneva, Rath together with her sister Jeanne-Francoise moved into Chateau St. Loup near Versoix, that was acquired by their brother Simon (formerly Lieutenant-General in the Russian Army). The latter (he died in 1819) bequeathed to his sisters a great fortune, which permitted them - according to his wish - to found the Rath Museum in Geneva, which was inaugurated in 1826. For a long time the Rath Museum contained besides numerous other works of art, the important collection of miniatures and enamels of Swiss artists since transferred to the Museum of Art and History of Geneva.
In her technique, Schidlof says, Mlle Rath is similar to Rodolphe Bel (also Isabey's pupil).
Many of her works have found their place in the Museum of Geneva, as well as in other important international museums and private collections.
Provenance: estate of the family of Barons Brugiere de Brabante
Condition: fairly good; two tiny, vertical cracks (one running across the sitter's head)
Creation Year: 1808
Measurements: UNFRAMED:7,8x7,8cm/3,1x3,1in FRAMED: 14,3x13,6cm/5,6x5,4in
Object Type: Framed miniature
Style: Portrait Miniatures
Technique: watercolor on ivory
Inscription: signed and dated "Rath f. 1808"; verso is inscribed by the sitter (see description)
Creator: Jeanne-Henriette Rath
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Creator Dates: 12 May 1773 Geneva-1856 Geneva
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