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Jeanne-Henriette Rath "Swiss politician Vincenz Ruettimann", important miniature on ivory!!, ca. 1820
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Portrayed in ca. 1820 (according to dress and hairstyle), probably just after he became President of the Swiss Federal Assembly, the sitter of this 1st-class quality miniature is 50-year-old, leading Swiss politician Vincenz Ruettimann (Rüttimann; 1769-1844; see our images nr.6-9 with his biography and two other portraits of his known until today). He is depicted with the Officer Cross of French Order of Legion of Honor (his Commander Cross of this order he will obtain in 1823, Grand Cross - in 1828).
As convincingly proves the comparison with our web # 41303 this miniature is an absolutely authentic work of well-known Swiss female miniaturist - Jeanne-Henriette Rath.
Henriette (Jeanne-Henriette) Rath was born on May 12th 1773 in Geneva into a French family from Nimes. In 1789 she already was a known portraitist and drawing teacher in Geneva. In 1798 she came to Paris to be a pupil of the great Isabey. In 1799 she exhibited "une grande miniature" at Salon de Paris. In the following year we meet her again in Geneva, working at the "Academie de dessin des jeunes filles de la Société des Arts". In 1801 she once again showed her miniatures at the Salon de Paris.
In 1812, at the intercession of her fellow-countryman, goldsmith Duval, she was invited to work at the court of St. Petersburg, where she became a painter to the Empress-Mother. She had so many orders that she was able to acquire a considerable fortune. She remained in Russia for one year or a bit longer - in 1813 we meet her already in Bern, Switzerland where she portrayed Grand Duchess Anna Fedorovna of Russia. In 1815 she made a trip to Italy.
After returning to Geneva, Rath together with her sister Jeanne-Francoise moved into Chateau St. Loup near Versoix, that was acquired by their brother Simon (formerly Lieutenant-General in the Russian Army). The latter (he died in 1819) bequeathed to his sisters a great fortune, which permitted them - according to his wish - to found the Rath Museum in Geneva, which was inaugurated in 1826. For a long time the Rath Museum contained besides numerous other works of art, the important collection of miniatures and enamels of Swiss artists since transferred to the Museum of Art and History of Geneva.
In her technique, Schidlof says, Mlle Rath is similar to Rodolphe Bel (also Isabey's pupil).
Many of her works have found their place in the Museum of Geneva, as well as in other important international museums and private collections.
Provenance: Swiss private collection
Condition: good; in original frame
Creation Year: ca 1820
Measurements: UNFRAMED:8,2x8,2cm/3,2x3,2in FRAMED: 8,9x8,9cm/3,5x3,5in
Object Type: Framed miniature
Style: Portrait miniatures
Technique: watercolor von ivory (round)
Creator: Jeanne-Henriette Rath
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Creator Dates: 12 May 1773 Geneva-1856 Geneva
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