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# 41601

Bernhard Chevalier de Guerard "Archduke Rainer of Austria", important miniature!!, 1800/02

Price: 8500  EUR

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Clearly signed "Chevalier de Guerard", it is a very important work of Viennese, turn of the 19th century court miniaturist, Bernhard Chevalier de Guerard. It is also an extremely rare (one knowns no other portraits of the sitter in this age) of Archduke Rainer Joseph of Austria (1783-1853; see our images nr.13-16). Here, he is depicted at the age of ca. 18-20 (according to his dress and hairstyle), resting with his favorite spitz in romantic landscape (this portrait miniature was probably painted in Prater - the largest natural park of Vienna, in which the young Archduke (a known lover of the outdoors) regularly spent numerous hours.

Emile Bernhard Chevalier de Guerard (1771 Dusseldorf - 1836 Naples) studied first jurisprudence at the Duisburg University but soon turned to fine arts, especially to portrait miniatures. In 1793 he accompanied Prince Auersperg to Vienna, where he was entrusted with commissions from Viennese court and aristocracy. From 1804-1806 he stayed in Lemberg (now Lvov, Ukraine) together with his brother François (engraver). In 1808 he married in Vienna and was appointed court portrait miniaturist. From 1817-19 Guerard worked for the family of Prince Schwarzenberg; at the same time he made some experiments of production of oils for painting and in 1819 he began selling through dealers. Despite his fame as a miniaturist he was in financial difficulties and was forced to produce miniatures for juwelers, who set them in brooches, boxes, lockets, etc.
In his last years Guerard was permanently on travels: in 1827 he lived in Venice, in 1831 exhibited in Rome and five years later lived in Naples, where he became victim of cholera, that was prevailing in the town.

Sometime ago, we have sold another important work of this artist to one of the European museums. Stylistically this work strongly resembled the miniature, which is presented here. For Guerard's own replica of this (sold) miniature, see our image nr.21.

See here for other works of this artist in our possession.

Provenance: private Swiss collection

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Condition: fairly good

Creation Year: 1800/02

Measurements:UNFRAMED:7,0x8,5cm/2,8x3,3in

Object Type:Framed miniature

Style: Portrait Miniatures

Technique: watercolor on ivory

Inscription:signed: "Chevalier de Guerard"

Creator: Emile Bernhard Chevalier de Guerard

Creator Dates: 1771 Dusseldorf-1836 Naples

Nationality:Austrian / German

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