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Nicolas François Dun "Beatrix, Duchess Riario-Sforza", important miniature!, 1794
Price: 7900 EUR
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Acquired in October 2019 at an antique shop in Lille (not recognized by the seller!) this miniature on ivory of superior quality which is set into the lid of a round box (tortoiseshell encrusted with gold) is nothing else than the author's own replica of his miniature we sold several months prior (see our web #41309 and our image nr. 8). This miniature was a signed work of French-born Neapolitan court miniaturist of the late 18th century, Nicolas François Dun. The portrait presented here differs from the sold one in only one detail - the lower part of the lady's turban (see image nr. 9). Besides this fact, we cannot exclude the possibility that in case of presented here piece the artist's signature is covered by the frame - Dun often signed on the ivory edge of his miniatures.
According to the dress and hairstyle of the portrayed lady both miniatures were executed by Dun in the mid 1790s and due to the white dress and turban they show this young woman as a bride.
And really: her wedding took place in 1794 when she was 22.
We are dealing with a portrait of Beatrix, Princess of Saxony who married Neapolitan aristocrat Raffaele Duke Riario-Sforza, marquis de Corleto (1767-1797) on February 18th, 1794 in Rome.
Beatrix was born on February 1st 1772 in Chaumot, department Nievre, France, as the sixth child of Franz Xavier Prince of Saxony (1730-1806; CLICK HERE) and his wife Chiara Maria, nee Countess Spinucci (1741-1792). With Duke Riario-Sforza Beatrix had only one child - daughter Giovanna (1797-1855) who later married Austrian general Laval, Count Nugent von Westmeath.
Beatrix's husband died in 1797 in Dresden. In her widowhood, Duchess Riario-Sforza lived in Naples and Rome. She died on February 6, 1806 in Dresden.
Nicolas François Dun (1764 Luneville - 1832 Naples) was born into family of a musician working at the Lorraine Court in Luneville. It is unknown, where or with whom he studied, but in 1790 one could find him in Naples, where Dun belonged to the inner circle of friends of famous Lady Hamilton, wife of British ambassador, who was living in this city at the time. It was in her house that the artist made acquaintances with Goethe, Hackert, Angelika Kauffmann, Fueger, Mme Vigée-Le Brun, etc. He soon became a court portrait miniature painter, proceeding to portray all royalties of Naples of the following forty years, beginning with Bourbons, then family of Murat, and finally, Bourbons again. In the Period of Restoration (after the end of Napoleonic Era) he often portrayed members of the Russian and Austrian aristocracy staying in Naples (among his known miniatures are portraits of Comte and Comtess Orlov (1817), Prince Nikolaus Palffy, Prince Labanov, Prince Dolgorukov, etc.).
Works of this artist can be seen in collections of museums of Chantilly and Gotha, the Wallace Collection (London), Louvre (Paris), various Russian museums, etc..
Our images nr. 12-14 show several works of this artist that were offered at the international art auction market in the last years.
Condition: fairly good
Creation Year: 1794
Measurements:UNFRAMED:5,7x5,7cm/2,2x2,2in FRAMED: 8,2x8,2cm/3,2x3,2in
Object Type:box with miniature
Style: Portrait Miniatures
Technique: box: tortoiseshell with gold incrustation; miniature: watercolor on ivory
Creator: Nicolas François Dun
Creator Dates: 1764 Luneville-1832 Naples
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