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Jean Desire Muneret (exh. 1804-1814) "Portrait of a young beauty", important watercolor!, 1816
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Exceedingly qualitative romantic portrait of a young aristocratic lady posing by a tree with park landscape in background. The inscriptions above her head read "1816" and "L". Hence, we have a date (1816) and possibly a male's first name (fiance? husband?) that begins with "L" (Louis?).
This painting stems from the collection of Elisabeth, Princess of Yugoslavia. Formerly (as we are strongly convinced) it belonged to her great-grandmother, Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna of Russia (1854-1920; nee Princess Marie of Mecklenburg; from 1874 - wife of Tsar Alexander II's third son, Grand Duke Vladimir Alexandrovich of Russia (1847-1909)). It is likely that prior to that it was part of the inventory of Tsar's summer residence Gatchina by St. Petersburg (see below biographical information about the author of this portrait). Another argument in support of the royal provenance of this piece is its extremely ornate gilded silver mount.
The French artist Jean Desire Muneret (Russian spelling – “Miunere”) was, according to Schidlof (the latter was not at all aware of what Muneret’s given name was; see our additional images with clips from Schidlof’s books), a pupil of Isabey. He exhibited his miniatures and watercolor portraits at the Salon de Paris between the years 1804 and 1814.
According to Thieme-Becker, Muneret was active (mentioned) in 1809-1810 as working at the Court of St.Petersburg (sic!). Moreover, large quantity of his works are on view in Louvre (in sum, nine pieces; see our additional images for some of them), in Wallace Collection in London, as well as in the Palais of Gatchina by St. Petersburg (sic!; aforementioned Thieme-Becker’s information about Gatchina concerns the period before 1907, i.e. the year of Thieme-Becker publishing). Similarly to Schidlof, Thieme-Becker does not at all provide the artist’s given name.
Yet, finally, we discover in P.Jean-Richard’s “Inventaire des Miniatures sur ivoire conservees au cabinet des dessins Musee du Louvre et Musee d’Orsay” Paris 1994, that the artist’s full name was Jean Desire Muneret, that he studied under Isabey, and that in 10th year of the French Revolution (1802) he was a pupil of Augustin. Further, we learn that Muneret died after 1820.
And finally, on the web we found information that on the 10th August 1805 the portraitist Jean Desire Muneret, son of Jean Claude et Charlotte Renommée Muneret, who then lived at Place du Louvre in Paris, married Marie Clementine (Marie Clementine Angelique Gertrude Francoise) Gioise in the church of Saint-German-l'Auxerois in the nearby 2. Place du Louvre. The couple had two children - daugthers Antoinette Simone (1811-?) and Carolina Pauline Josephine (1813-1872).
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Provenance: Collection of Elisabeth, Princess of Yugoslavia;
Christie's New York, 5 September 2007, Lot 94 (as "Russian School, 19th century, illegibly signed". The definition "Russian School" originated when inventory registry of Princess Elisabeth's collection was overwritten (copied). Obviously, this work was listed there as "Russian School").
Condition: good; the portrait was not inspected outside of the glass; the glass is somewhat scratched at edges; in splendid original wood and gilded silver empire frame
Creation Year: 1816
Measurements: UNFRAMED:21,5x15,8cm/8,5x6,2in FRAMED: 30,3x24,9cm/11,9x9,8in
Object Type: Framed watercolor
Style: Portrait Miniatures
Technique: pencil and watercolor on paper (oval)
Inscription: signed: Muneret; dated (tree area): 1816; inscribed with letter "L"
Creator: Jean Desire Muneret
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Creator Dates: mentioned from 1804-died aft. 1820
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