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Rodolphe Bell (d. 1849) "Portrait of a gentleman", superior quality miniature!!, 1820
3500 EUR - 25% DISCOUNT = 2625,00 EUR
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We are dealing here with a miniature portrait (executed in 1820) of a middle-aged gentleman with red ribbon of the Napoleonic Order of Legion of Honor (sic! - clearly, he was awarded during the 1st Empire; uncomfortable to display his sympathy for Napoleon, instead of bearing the royal model of the Order, he chose to only wear the Order's ribbon); we are certain that he was a retired fighting officer.
One of the previous owners of this item erroneously connected the signature "Bel /1820" to well-known French historical painter Augustin Louis Belle (1757-1841); consequently, he or she made a note (inscription) of it on the back of the miniature (another possibility was to consider that this miniature portrays A. L. Belle himself, but in 1820 he was already 63, i.e. much older than the man in the portrait).
In reality, the author of this 1st-quality miniature was one of the best pupils of great Isabey, Swiss-born artist Rodolphe Bell (Bel). He made this miniature in typical for Isabey School technique. In this (invented by Isabey) technique, the artist applied watercolors on sheet of paper laid (before the actual painting process) on thin tin plaque of the same size (the verso of this plaque was then again covered with paper).
Rodolphe Bell (Bel) was born in Payerne, Switzerland. From 1819 he was mentioned as being active in Paris, where he was a pupil of Isabey, and where he exhibited at the Salon in 1822, 1824, and 1827. According to J.J. Foster, he might have worked for some time in England, but there is no confirmation of this fact. Schidlof writes "Bel was an excellent artist, very much influenced by his teacher Isabey. It is not surprising that certain works of Bel were confused with those of Isabey". The artist died in Paris in 1849.
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Condition: good; in original frame
Creation Year: 1820
Measurements: UNFRAMED:12,5x9,7cm/4,9x3,8in FRAMED: 21,1x16,4cm/8,3x6,5in
Object Type: Framed miniature
Style: Portrait Miniatures
Technique: watercolor on ivory, laid on tin plaque and again on paper by the artist
Inscription: signed and dated: Bel /1820; verso bears an erroneous legend
Creator: Rodolphe Bell
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Creator Dates: Payerne-1849 Paris
Nationality: Swiss / French
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