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F. L. Schmitz-Attrib. "Lieutenant colonel of the French artillery train", fine miniature, 1815/16
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On view here is a very good quality miniature portrait of an anonymous French lieutenant colonel of the artillery train from the early period of Bourbon Restoration. In this portrait, the sitters already bears two Royal awards: the Chevalier Cross of the Order of St. Louis and the Officer Cross of the (Royal) Legion of Honor.
This miniature seems to be one more work (see his other work in our possession) of working in aforementioned perid in Paris and specialising on portraits of military officers, German-born artist Franz Liborius Schmitz.
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: German private collection
Condition: good; in original frame (frame - with a slight split)
Creation Year: 1815/16
Measurements: UNFRAMED:8,0x6,5cm/3,1x2,6in FRAMED: 12,6x11,0cm/5,0x4,3in
Object Type: Framed miniature
Style: Portrait Miniatures
Technique: watercolor on ivory
Inscription: verso is inscribed in French: officier /genie /1816
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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