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Nicolas François Dun "Young aristocratic lady (royalty?)", outstanding miniature!!, 1790s
Price: 5900 EUR
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Previously in the collection of Alsatian art dealer François Walter (see our image nr.8), this superior quality work is a miniature portrait of a young aristocratic lady (royalty?). This item was shown to one of the world's best experts on portrait miniatures - Dr. Bernd Pappe (Bern, Switzerland). The latter expressed an opinion that it is a typical work of a Luneville-native (Lorraine, France) and Neapolitan court artist, Nicolas François Dun, who was active in the late 18th century.
Nicolas François Dun (1764 Luneville - 1832 Naples) was born into family of a musician working at the Lorraine Court in Luneville. It is unknown, where or with whom he studied, but in 1790 one could find him in Naples, where Dun belonged to the inner circle of friends of famous Lady Hamilton, wife of British ambassador, who was living in this city at the time. It was in her house that the artist made acquaintances with Goethe, Hackert, Angelika Kauffmann, Fueger, Mme Vigée-Le Brun, etc. He soon became a court portrait miniature painter, proceeding to portray all royalties of Naples of the following forty years, beginning with Bourbons, then family of Murat, and finally, Bourbons again. In the Period of Restoration (after the end of Napoleonic Era) he often portrayed members of the Russian and Austrian aristocracy staying in Naples (among his known miniatures are portraits of Comte and Comtess Orlov (1817), Prince Nikolaus Palffy, Prince Labanov, Prince Dolgorukov, etc.).
Condition: good; in original, golden frame; glass with minimal chip at 1:00 o'clock
Creation Year: 1790s
Measurements:UNFRAMED:6,7x5,4cm/2,6x2,1in FRAMED: 7,2x5,9cm/2,8x2,3in
Object Type:Framed miniature
Style: Portrait Miniatures
Technique: watercolor on ivory
Creator: Nicolas François Dun
Creator Dates: 1764 Luneville-1832 Naples
OBS: Austrian mail refunds cases of loss or damage with maximum EUR 500 to the US (in Europe sometimes more, depending on destination).
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