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# 43220

Mme Adelaide Boilly "Round box with miniature (self-portrait?)", 1795/96, IMPORTANT DISCOVERY!!

Price: 11000  EUR

(please note additional 13% tax applies for transactions concluded within the European Union)

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We are dealing with a superior quality miniature on ivory with a portrait of a young lady depicted in nocturne landscape. Her dress and hairstyle speak for mid-1790s.

Besides our web # 43219 (unsigned) it is only one known today (signed!) work of Mme Adelaide Boilly, second wife of famous French artist Louis-Leopold Boilly. Despite eight/nine years dividing them comparison of both works (see our image nr.12) fully confirms her authorship.

Mme Adelaide (Adelaide-Francoise-Julie) Boilly was born in 1774 and died in 1819, in Paris. She was a youngest daughter of merchant Pierre-Francois Leduc (also Le Duc) and Francoise-.Josephe-Julie Carton. She was also first cousin of dramatist Antoine-Vincent Arnault. Her family lived at No. 398, Rue de Clery, section Bonne-Nouvelle, Paris. On 3rd November 1795 she married (as his second wife) artist Louis-Leopold Boilly. She can't be ident with certain "Mlle (sic!) Caroline Boilly (or Bailly)" whose name one finds in Augustin's list of pupils visiting his studio in 1796.
Nevertheless in the recently published Augustin's catalogue raisonée by Bernd Pappe we learn that from 1794, having returned to Paris, Augustin had his appartment (including a studio attended by his female pupils (sic!)) in the house of a certain M.(onsieur) Le Duc (sic! maiden name of Adelaide!). Was it the house of her parents? Or of paternal relatives? Was she also among Augustin's pupils?

Moreover, it is not to rule out that this miniature is a self-portrait of the 21-year-old, newlywed Mme Boilly.

Provenance: Gallery Stuker, Bern, November 20th 2008, lot 8156

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Condition: good

Creation Year: 1795/96

Measurements:UNFRAMED:7,0x7,0cm/2,8x2,8in FRAMED: 8,3x8,3cm/3,3x3,3in

Object Type:Framed miniature

Style: Portrait Miniatures

Technique: box: tortoiseshell with gold mounting; miniature: watercolor on ivory

Inscription:signed: Boilly f.(f for fecit - B.W.)

Creator: Adelaide-Françoise-Julie Boilly

Creator Dates: 1774 Paris-1819 Paris

Nationality:French

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