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F. L. Schmitz-Attrib. "Auguste Marais, Officer of Garde du Corps du Roi", fine miniature, 1824/26
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Although the legend on verso of this miniature informs us that it is a portrait of Auguste Marais, "aide-de-camp (adjutant) du Roi Charles X", it is partially wrong.
According to "Almanach Royal", this gentleman was never a King's adjutant but one of the officers of "garde du corps du roi" - the King's personal guards formation consisting of several companies.
"Our" Auguste Marais served from 1824 to 1826 as a "sergent de 1re classe" (Sergeant of the 1st Class while in military rank of a captain) in the "Companie des gardes a pied ordinaires du corps du roi".
Unfortunately, we could not find any biographical information concerning this man.
For other portraits of French officers of "garde du corps du roi", see our web #32139 and #38463
This portrait seems to be a work of miniaturist Franz Liborius Schmitz.(for comparison see other works of latter in our possession).
Schidlof mentions certain Schmitz as author of one (also signed "Schmitz") miniature in National Museum Stockholm - portrait of (Swedish) Major-General Karl Magnus Klingström (besides that, in 1978, at Sotheby's Zurich was offered signed "Schmitz" miniature portrait of a young lady - see our image nr.9 - B.W.). Further Schidlof suggests that this Schmitz could be the same "Franz Liborius Schmitz, born in Bonn, who worked between 1803 and 1814 in Denmark, Sweden, Germany and France as a silhouettist". The latter (according to "Sventsk Konstnärs Lexikon" - see image nr.9) was born in 1762 in Bonn and died in 1827 in Allingskovgaard, Denmark. He was mainly known as silhouettist and mentioned as working in Germany and France, then, from 1803, in Scandinavian countries (Denmark, Sweden, Norway).
Our following Web research brought further biographical materials about this artist, all referring to him as to a silhouettist (images nr.10-13). But suddenly, in collection of the Sinebrychoff Museum (Helsinki) we found the second (after already aforementioned one in National Museum Stockholm) miniature on ivory by artist "Schmitz".
And this miniature - portrait of an unknown officer- demonstrates artist's "complete" signature - "F.L.Schmitz" (!!).
As Dr. Hofstetter mentioned in his email, "our" Schmitz signed using the same orange paint (orange on orange), which makes the signature practically invisible. It is hence very likely that a great number of other similar works of this artist can be found today in various collections: all "invisibly" signed and thought to be by anonymous masters...
Thus far all Schmitz' biographers mention his activities up until 1814. Yet, he must have done something between the years 1814 and 1827 (his year of death)? Our case here demonstrates that he stayed (whether briefly or at length is unknown) in Paris during the early period of Bourbon Restoration. It was however not his first visit to the French capital: Swedish dictionary mentions his activity in France before 1803.
Provenance: French antique trade
Condition: good; in original frame
Creation Year: 1824/26
Object Type: Framed miniature
Style: Portrait Miniatures
Technique: watercolor on ivory
Inscription: verso: old legend
Creator: Franz Liborius Schmitz
To see other works by this artist click on the name above!
Creator Dates: 1762 Bonn-1827 Allingskovgaard
Nationality: German / Danish
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