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# 42292

Alexandre Chaponnier-junior "Victor Guillaume Rey, future sub-prefect of Gray & St. Quentin",1819

Price: 1900  EUR

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Painted in 1819, this very good quality, large miniature shows a 30-year-old (according to legend on verso) gentleman in civil costume adorned by red ribbon of (probably) Order of Legion of Honour (awarded obviously during the First Empire and still loyal to Napoleon he refused to bear a new, Royal model of the orders's cross). The authentic old inscription on verso provides his identity. The legend reads: "Victor /Guillaume Rey /ne en 1789 mort en 1847 /ancien Sous-Prefect de Gray et de S-t. Quentin (English: former sub-prefect of Gray and St. Quentin; Gray is a center of identically named canton in region Franche-Comte; Saint Quentin - center of canton Saint-Quentin-North-South-Center in region Picardie).

Until today there was a certain misunderstanding with French artist Alexandre Chaponnier (also Chaponniere). Dictionnaries by Mme Lemoine-Bouchard, Blank and Sauer mention an artist with that name who was born in 1753 in Geneva and was active in the late 18th to early 19th century in Paris. Blank says the artist died in 1805, Sauer says "after 1805" or even in 1830 and Mme Lemoine-Bouchard says he died in 1850 (she surely found the death of artist Alexandre Chaponnier mentioned in archives). This late date provided by Mme Lemoine-Bouchard means the artist would have died aged 97 which seems rather unlikely.
Both Blank and Sauer say Alexandre Chaponnier had a son, also an artist and also working in his father's main speciality - engravings and lithography. We are sure his first name was also Alexandre and that it was the mentioning of his death in 1850 that Mme Lemoine Bouchard found in the archives. His father, Alexandre Chaponnier the Elder really died in 1805 and was solely an engraver (and not a lithographer). His son on the contrary besides doing engravings was also active as miniaturist and watercolor portrait artist.

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Provenance: private collection, Le Mans / France

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Condition: good

Creation Year: 1819

Measurements:UNFRAMED:14,0x10,3cm/5,5x4,1in FRAMED: 25,0x16,0cm/9,8x6,3in

Object Type:Framed miniature

Style: Portrait Miniatures

Technique: watercolor on card (oval)

Inscription:signed and dated: Chaponnier 1819

Creator: Alexandre Chaponnier-junior

Creator Dates: -died in 1850 in Paris

Nationality:French

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