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Jean Desire Muneret "French actor Talma as Emperor Nero"; important miniature!!, 1812

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This superior quality miniature is of particular interest to the theater historians. It is widely known from its 1815 reproduction made by Parisian engraver Parfait Augrand (b. 1782; see our image nr.8; in 1829, this engraving was copied by his fellow Dutch engraver, Willem van Senus - see our image nr.9).
This miniature was executed by well-known Parisian artist Jean Desire Muneret in 1812 (in the same year, it was shown at an art exhibition held at Musée Napoleon (Louvre) - see our image nr.10). It is a stage portrait of famous tragedian (and friend of Napoleon Bonaparte) - François-Joseph Talma (CLICK HERE and see our images nr.12-14) performing the role of Roman Emperor Nero (CLICK HERE) in Jean Racine's play "Britannicus" (Act II, Scene 3; CLICK HERE).
Once in possession of Talma himself, this miniature portrait was in March 1827 auctioned at the actor's posthumous estate sale (see our image nr.11).

The French artist Jean Desire Muneret (Russian spelling – “Miunere”) was, according to Schidlof (the latter was not at all aware of what Muneret’s given name was; see our additional images with clips from Schidlof’s books), a pupil of Isabey. He exhibited his miniatures and watercolor portraits at the Salon de Paris between the years 1804 and 1814.
According to Thieme-Becker, Muneret was active (mentioned) in 1809-1810 as working at the Court of St.Petersburg (sic!). Moreover, large quantity of his works are on view in Louvre (in sum, nine pieces; see our additional images for some of them), in Wallace Collection in London, as well as in the Palais of Gatchina by St. Petersburg (sic!; aforementioned Thieme-Becker’s information about Gatchina concerns the period before 1907, i.e. the year of Thieme-Becker publishing). Similarly to Schidlof, Thieme-Becker does not at all provide the artist’s given name.
Yet, finally, we discover in P.Jean-Richard’s “Inventaire des Miniatures sur ivoire conservees au cabinet des dessins Musee du Louvre et Musee d’Orsay” Paris 1994, that the artist’s full name was Jean Desire Muneret, that he studied under Isabey, and that in 10th year of the French Revolution (1802) he was a pupil of Augustin. Further, we learn that Muneret died after 1820.
And finally, on the web we found information that on the 10th August 1805 the portraitist Jean Desire Muneret, son of Jean Claude et Charlotte Renommée Muneret, who then lived at Place du Louvre in Paris, married Marie Clementine (Marie Clementine Angelique Gertrude Francoise) Gioise in the church of Saint-German-l'Auxerois in the nearby 2. Place du Louvre. The couple had two children - daugthers Antoinette Simone (1811-?) and Carolina Pauline Josephine (1813-1872).

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Provenance:
1) property of actor François-Joseph Talma
2) in private hands from 1827
3) acquired from a private collection in Paris, April 2019

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Condition: fairly good; vertical crack between 1:30 and 5:00 o'clock (professionally restored)

Creation Year: 1812

Measurements: UNFRAMED:9,6x7,7cm/3,8x3,0in FRAMED: 16,2x14,6cm/6,4x5,7in

Object Type: Framed miniature

Style: Portrait Miniatures

Technique: grisaille on ivory (oval)

Inscription: verso is inscribed: "le 22 mai /1818" (likely the date of acquisition)

Creator: Jean Desire Muneret
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Creator Dates: mentioned from 1804-died aft. 1820

Nationality: French

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