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Joseph Bordes "Ernest Henry Thourette de la Muette", fine miniature, 1825, Bernard-Franck Collection
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Formerly in the famous Bernard-Franck Collection (see collection label on verso), it is an important miniature on ivory by well-known French artist of the 1st half of the 19th century, Joseph Bordes.
It shows a 30-to-max. 40-year-old chef d'escadron of either the 17th or the 18th ("rose fonce" (dark-rose) collar!) Chasseur a Cheval Regiment depicted by artist in 1825. The sitter bears three Royal awards: Cross of St. Louis Order, "Decoration of The Lily" and Officer Cross of Legion d'honneur.
In 1825, in 17th and 18th Chasseurs served only two officers in rank of a chef d'escadron and in possession of aforementioned awards - Ernest Henry Thourette from 17th Regiment (b. 1790) and Joseph Paul Maurice de Montaulieu from 18th Regiment (b. 1782). The first of them was in 1825 35-year-old, the second - 43-year-old. These dates provide indisputable identity of the sitter - we are dealing with a portrait of Ernest Henry Thourette.
As demonstrate found on Web documents (see images nr.12-20) Ernest Henry Thourette was born on 14th June 1790 in Versailles as a son of "ingenieur-geographe militaire" Claude Thourette (in 1817 the latter (and his family, including Ernest Henry) was enobled to "Thourette de la Muette") and his wife Madeleine Louise Esther Bourgeois, "femme de Chambre du Dauphin". On June 7, 1805 Ernest Henry entered the Military School of Fontainebleau which he graduated on 20th February 1807 with a rank of a sous-lieutenant and appointment to 1st Cuirassier Regiment. On 16th May 1809 he was promoted to lieutenant of that regiment, six days later he fighted at Aspern by Vienna (was wounded there) and for distinction at this battle awarded on 16th June 1809 Chevalier Cross of Legion d'honneur; on July 5/6 he was present at the battlefield of Wagram. On 15th October 1809 he was raised to "adjudant-major", on 26th October 1810 - to "capitaine adjudant-major". Especially he distiguished himself during the Russian Campaign of 1812 - he fighted at Borodino, was thrice wounded on 18th October 1812, at Tarutino (his 1st Cuirassier Regiment lost here its standard, the first French colour that was captured by the Russians as trophy during this campaign), was wounded again on 31st October 1813 at Hanau (Saxonian Campaign). To 17th Chasseurs he came (being already in rank of a chef d'escadrons) on 25th February 1818. His Officer Cross of Legion d'honneur he obtained on 25th April 1821. On 17th September 1822 he married in Cere-la-Ronde, department Indre-et-Loire Marie Louise Josephine Gaetan de Saint-Chamans (1798-1877) who gave birth to their two sons: Gaetan-Henri (1823-1865) and Ernest-Louis (1824-1828).
He posed for this portrait shortly before his death - on 4th March 1826 he died in Alsatian commune Haguenau (disposition place of 17th Chasseurs).
Joseph (Charles-Joseph) Bordes was born in 1779 in Toulouse and died after 1845 in Paris. He was a descent of a well-known artist family, son of one of two brothers Bordes that were mentioned in 1783 as artists living in Toulouse in the rue des Bourdettes. Already in 1808 he himself was mentioned in Paris as one of the exponents of the Salon, where he showed several of his miniatures. In the 1810s he entered "l'ecole de l'Academie" and became a pupil of Jean-Baptist Isabey. Bordes took part in the exhibitions of the Salon until 1835. Similarly he exhibited in provincial salons during his numerous trips throughout France. Bordes produced numerous portraits, among them those of the King of Naples, Talma and General Bertrand. Occasionally he lithographed his own miniatures.
*Literature: Schidlof (erroneously quoting Toulon as Bordes' birthplace), Lemoine-Bouchard
Provenance: famous Parisian collection Bernard-Franck.
Bernard-Franck was a veteran of the 1870 Franco-Prussian War, who later in life became a wealthy manufacturer of military equipment. He had a very important collection of paintings and works of art from the Napoleonic Epoch (see our additional image nr.15).
Condition: fairly good; in original frame; some dust under the glass
Creation Year: 1825
Measurements: UNFRAMED:9,7x8,2cm/3,8x3,2in FRAMED: 18,9x15,5cm/7,4x6,1in
Object Type: Framed miniature
Style: Portrait Miniatures
Technique: watercolor on ivory
Inscription: signed and dated: Bordes /1825; verso: old labels with legends
Creator: Joseph Bordes
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Creator Dates: 1779 Toulouse-after 1845 Paris
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