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Daniel Saint (1778-1847) "Comte de Mercy Argenteau", very important miniature!!, 1820s 7500 EUR
Daniel Saint (1778-1847) "Comte de Mercy Argenteau", very important miniature!!, 1820s
Portrait of Francois Joseph Charles Marie Comte de Mercy Argenteau (1780-1869; see our image nr.18)) painted in 1820s by the famous French portrait miniaturist Daniel Saint. Although not in perfect condition, this portrait belongs among the best and most important works of this artist.
Daniel Saint (1778 Saint-Lô, France - 1847 Saint-Lô) was a pupil of Isabey, Regnault and Aubry. He specialized in miniatures and became Isabey's principal collaborator in execution of official portraits. He took part in most of Salons between the years 1804 and 1839, and obtained a 2nd class medal in 1806 and a 1st class - in 1808. On several occasions Saint did portraits of the Empress Josephine. Napoleon commissioned a portrait from him and sent it - adorned with diamonds worth 150000 francs - to Marie-Louise in Vienna. The emperor's decision to order a portrait from Saint was supposedly very much influenced by the fact that Napoleon saw and favoured another work by the artist, namely a miniature portrait of Prince Kourakine exhibited by Saint at the Salon of 1810. Saint was not only appreciated in the Empire period, but also became one of the most popular miniaturists under Charles X and Louis-Philippe, whose portraits he did on several occasions.
Our two last additional images show his other works offered at the international art auction market in the last years.
Condition: fairly good; central vertical crack; in original frame
Creation Year: 1820s
Measurements: UNFRAMED:11,2x9,2cm/4,4x3,6in FRAMED: 20,5x17,4cm/8,1x6,9in
Object Type: Framed miniature
Style: Portrait Miniatures
Technique: watercolor on ivory
Inscription: signed: Saint; verso: old label with legend
Creator: Daniel Saint
Creator Dates: 1778 Saint-Lô-1847 Saint-Lô
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