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A.-P. Vincent-? Ch. G. A. Bourgeois-? "Incroyable & Merveilleus", locket with 2 miniatures, 1795/1800
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Made in the 2nd half of the 1790s (i.e. in the period of French Directory), these minaiture portraits of a young (newlywed?) couple are interesting examples of this period's fashion. Both the male and female sitters are dressed according to aristocratic sub-culture fashionable in revolutionary Paris. While the fashion dictated men be called "incroyables ("the incredibles"), their female counterparts were called "merveilleusses" ("the marvelous women") - CLICK HERE and see our images nr.8-9.
Both high quality miniatures on ivory are set into original locket. They could be works of either miniaturist Antoine-Paul Vincent (for comparison, see our images nr.10-14) or of his contemporary and Parisian colleague, Charles Guillaume Alexandre Bourgeois (see our images nr.15-18). In fact, only these two names come in question!
Antoine-Paul Vincent was born in Paris. In 1800, according to Nathalie Lemoine-Bouchard, he lived in 63, rue du Fabourg - Monmartre; in 1802 - in 27, rue Neuve-Saint-Augustin and, in 1806 - in 3, rue Neuve-Grange-Bateliére. He exhibited his miniatures between 1800-1812 at the Salon de Paris. Schidlof writes about him: "he was an artist of quality, who is still not appreciated sufficiently, because one only finds his works rarely... Some of them are reminiscent of the works of the first period of Isabey and not inferior (!) to them...".
Charles-Guillaume-Alexandre Bourgeois (1759 Amiens - 1832 Paris) was a physician, chemist, painter and engraver. He studied painting under Kimly, and engraving from Wille. He learned the composition of colors and succeeded in perfecting them.
The artist left a legacy of works on perspective, among which is the "Mémoire sur les lois qui suivent dans leurs combinaisons les couleurs produites par la reflaction de la lumiere".
He exhibited at the Salon of Paris from 1800 to 1824, and lived successively at 530 Rue des Moulins and 24 Place Dauphine.
Bourgeois painted a great number of miniatures, of which the majority was bust profiles on a dark blue or black background, which imitated wax relief - very much in fashion of that time.
Schidlof writes that "it would be a mistake, however, to think that Bourgeois only painted in this style. There are known a number of very good miniatures in which the personages are represented full or three quarter face". He also painted portraits in oils.
Schidlof adds: "Bourgeois was a first class miniaturist, who also probably painted on porcelain". He signed usually: Bourgeois or C. Bourgeois, often following by the date and quite frequently C.B.
The Louvre houses a series of miniatures by him. Many of Bourgeois' other works can be seen in Museums of Brussels, Caen, Nancy, etc.
Provenance: private collection, France
Creation Year: 1795/1800
Measurements: UNFRAMED:4,2x3,3cm/1,7x1,3in FRAMED: 4,6x3,5cm/1,8x1,4in
Object Type: Framed miniatures
Style: Portrait Miniatures
Technique: locket: gold; both miniatures: watercolor on ivory
Creator: Antoine-Paul Vincent
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Creator Dates: was active btwn. 1798-1812
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