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Domenico Bossi-Attrib. "Unknown artist in his studio", superb miniature on ivory!!, ca. 1805
Price: 8500 EUR
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This miniature on ivory was executed (according to sitter's dress and hairstyle) in ca 1805. Stylistically, it strongly resembles early works of famous Italo-born artist Domenico Bossi (for comparison, see our images nr.8-14).
In the aforementioned period (early 1800s), Domenico Bossi lived in St. Petersburg - a detail suggesting that the sitter in this portrait was also a resident of this city. Whether he was a Russian artist or one of the numerous expatriates living in the Russian capital in the early 19th century - remains unknown. Incidentally, he does bear a certain physiognomic resemblance to Austrian portrait painter Johann Baptist Lampi the Younger (1775-1837; see our image nr.15), who as it is known was living in St. Petersburg between the years 1795 and 1804.
Domenico (Gian Domenico or Giovanni Domenico) Bossi was, according to the latest information, born in 1767 (and not in 1765, as it was previously believed) in Triest and died in 1853 in Munich.
In the 1780's, Bossi attended the Academy of Venice. Later, in 1794-96, he was active in Hamburg, and - in 1796-1802 - in Stockholm (in 1799 Bossi became a member of the Swedish Academy and a Court Portrait Miniature Painter). The following ten years between 1802-1812 he spent (apart from short breaks) in St. Petersburg; 1812-1813/14 - in Paris, and from 1814/15 ? - in Vienna, where in 1818 the artist became a member of the Vienna Academy, and where he exhibited in the years 1816, 1822, 1824, and 1826. At last, from 1840, Bossi settled in Munich.
Domenico Bossi belongs to the best miniaturists of his time. He worked in the late Neoclassical style and produced a large number of miniatures with portraits of European royalties and members of high aristocracy.
Two of his portrait miniatures - one of Tsar Alexander I (1807) and one of M.A. Naryshkina (1808) - are on display in the St. Petersburger Hermitage. The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam houses another portrait of Alexander I by Bossi. Similarly, various others of his works belong to museum collections in St. Petersburg (Russian Museum), Berlin, Stockholm, Vienna, etc.
Provenance: antique trade, London
Condition: good; in original frame
Creation Year: ca 1805
Object Type:Framed miniature
Style: Portrait miniatures
Technique: watercolor on ivory
Creator: Domenico Bossi
Creator Dates: 1767 Triest-1853 Munich
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