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# 41309

Nicolas François Dun "Beatrix, Duchess Riaro-Sforza", important miniature!!, 1795/1800

Price: 7500  EUR

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This miniature portrait was executed (according to sitter's dress and hairstyle) in the late 1790s, in Naples (the town where both the artist and model lived at the time). It is a portrait of Beatrix, Duchess Riaro-Sforza, nee Princess of Saxony and Countess of Lausitz.

Beatrix was born on February 1, 1772 in Chaumot, department Nievre, France as the sixth child of Franz Xavier, Prince of Saxony (1730-1806; CLICK HERE) and his wife Chiara Maria, nee Countess Spinucci (1741-1792). On February 18, 1794, at the age of 22, she married in Rome Neapolitan aristocrat Raffaele, Duke Riaro-Sforza, marquis de Corleto (1767-1797; see our image nr.11 for excerpt from Florentine newspaper "Gazetta Universale": we learn from its issue of February 25, 1794 of their matrimony and that it took place in Roman Palazzo del Principe Gabrielli (the ceremony was performed by Cardinal Borgia)).
The couple had only one child - daughter Giovanna (1797-1855) who later married Austrian general Laval, Count Nugent von Westmeath.
Duke Riaro-Sforza died in 1797 in Dresden. In her widowhood, Beatrix lived in Naples and Rome. She died on February 6, 1806 in Dresden.

This miniature is an important work of Neapolitan court miniaturist, Frenchman Nicolas François Dun.

Nicolas François Dun (1764 Luneville - 1832 Naples) was born into family of a musician working at the Lorraine Court in Luneville. It is unknown, where or with whom he studied, but in 1790 one could find him in Naples, where Dun belonged to the inner circle of friends of famous Lady Hamilton, wife of British ambassador, who was living in this city at the time. It was in her house that the artist made acquaintances with Goethe, Hackert, Angelika Kauffmann, Fueger, Mme Vigée-Le Brun, etc. He soon became a court portrait miniature painter, proceeding to portray all royalties of Naples of the following forty years, beginning with Bourbons, then family of Murat, and finally, Bourbons again. In the Period of Restoration (after the end of Napoleonic Era) he often portrayed members of the Russian and Austrian aristocracy staying in Naples (among his known miniatures are portraits of Comte and Comtess Orlov (1817), Prince Nikolaus Palffy, Prince Labanov, Prince Dolgorukov, etc.).
Works of this artist can be seen in collections of museums of Chantilly and Gotha, the Wallace Collection (London), Louvre (Paris), various Russian museums, etc..

Our images nr.12-14 show several works of this artist that were offered at the international art auction market in the last years.

Provenance: private collection, South Germany

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Condition: fairly good; minimal horizontal crack in mid-left area; in original frame made of gold (see our image nr.8-9 for hallmarks)

Creation Year: 1795/1800

Measurements:UNFRAMED:7,0x7,0cm/2,8x2,8in FRAMED: 7,6x7,6cm/3,0x3,0in

Object Type:Framed miniature

Style: Portrait Miniatures

Technique: watercolor on ivory

Inscription:signed: Dun; verso: old legend

Creator: Nicolas François Dun

Creator Dates: 1764 Luneville-1832 Naples

Nationality:French

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