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Jean-Baptiste Isabey-Attrib. "Female portrait and two terracotta plaques in a common frame", ca. 1800
Price: 3500 EUR
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Offered here is a rather unusual arrangement: a portrait miniature on ivory depicting a young lady (her hairstyle suggests ca. 1800) and two terracotta plaques with scenes from antiquity (all three pieces jointly mounted onto one original Empire frame). This choice of framing emphasizes the woman's unconventionality: she clearly belonged to Parisian elite (possibly even court).
Jean-Baptiste Isabey (1767 Nancy - 1855 Paris) was the most famous of all European portrait miniature painters of the turn of the 19th century. In 1785 he went to Paris to study under David, but the great master had just left for Rome. At first in a tight financial situation, Isabey finally was ordered to paint miniatures of the children of King's brother, Count D'Artois. By means of this commission he came to court, met the Queen Marie-Antoinette and obtained an apartment in Versailles. In 1786 David returned from Rome, accepted Isabey as pupil without payment and favoured him in every way. At the time of Revolution the artist already acquired significant clientele in Paris. He portrayed most of Convention members, became one of the intimates of Mme Bonaparte's house. Isabey was a drawing master of Hortense and Eugene de Beauharnais; he controlled the ceremony of Napoleon's coronation and organized festivities for the Empire.
Provenance: private collection, France
Creation Year: ca 1800
Measurements:UNFRAMED:5,4x5,4cm/2,1x2,1in FRAMED: 13,8x23,8cm/5,4x9,4in
Object Type:Framed miniature and terracotta plaques
Style: Portrait Miniatures
Technique: miniature: watercolor on ivory; plaques: terracotta
Creator: Jean-Baptiste Isabey
Creator Dates: 1767 Nancy-1855 Paris
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