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# 41589

Jean Desire Muneret "Napoleon I", important miniature, ca. 1815

Price: 2900  EUR

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A superior quality work, this miniature on ivory is the author's own replica of his (signed) miniature housed in the renowned Wallace Collection in London (see our image nr.7). The author of both versions, Jean Desire Muneret, executed them in the period of Napoleon's "Hundred Days" (March 20, 1815 - July 8, 1815).

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).

Provenance: private collection, Paris

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Condition: good; slightly concave; in original ormolu Empire frame

Creation Year: ca 1815

Measurements:UNFRAMED:10,5x8,2cm/4,1x3,2in FRAMED: 11,7x9,6cm/4,6x3,8in

Object Type:Framed miniature

Style: Portrait Miniatures

Technique: watercolor on ivory, laid on card

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Creator: Jean Desire Muneret

Creator Dates: mentioned from 1804-died aft. 1820

Nationality:French

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