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# 43249

Joh. Julius Heinsius "Children of Orleans family Dehais", superb miniature on ivory!!, ca.1810

Price: 3500  EUR

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According to authentic legend on verso of this miniature we are dealing with a double portrait of two (out of three) children of Guillaume Dehais (1759-1813) and his wife Felicite, nee Rigault (1772-1833) - residents of French town Orleans -: the ca. 12-year-old son Louis Guillaume and their youngest daughter, the 9-year-old Marie Sophie.

Louis Guillaume Dehais (1798-1850) became later director of Orleans "hospices civils" (hospital - see our image nr.13). In 1847 he was awarded Chevalier Cross of the Order of Honor (see our images nr.9-12 with found on Web documents concerning him).
His sister Marie Sophie (1801-1847) married Sylvain Francois Rousseau and died childless (see image nr. 14).

It was logically to search for the author of this (although unsigned but of superior quality) miniature among portrait miniaturists living about 1810 (according to sitters' dresses and visual age) in Orleans.
To that time there lived only one miniaturist whose works in their quality and composition are comparable with the one presented here: Johann Julius Heinsius (see our comparison images nr.15-19).

Johann Julius (also Jean Jules) Heinsius was born on 7 February 1740 in Ilmenau, Germany. He was a son of a gunsmith and court artist in Hildeburghausen Johann Christian Heintze, and younger brother to the painter (not miniaturist!) Johann Ernst Heinsius (1731-1794). In 1750 or 1752 he travelled to the Netherlands together with his father, and in 1776 he is mentioned as a member of the Painters Guild in Den Haag. The next few years he spent in Utrecht, from 1771 to 1774 he lived in Lille, Douai and Rouen. In 1777 he is already in Paris where he is mentioned as living in Rue Croix des Petit-Champs "peintre de portr." From 1779 to 1782 he regularly participated in the exhibitions of Salon de la Correspondence. He soon became a very popular portraitist of the Paris society, especially with its female representatives. In 1779 he is mentioned in Versailles as "Premier peintre des Medames de France" (daughters of Louis XV). At the beginning of the French Revolution he went to Gien in Loire and then, in 1790 settled in Orléans from where he made commission trips to Evreux, Troyes and Paris.
Apart from a few genre scenes he made exclusively portraits in oil and miniatures on ivory. He died in Orléans on 19 May 1812.

Provenance: French private collection

Condition: good

Creation Year: ca 1810

Measurements:UNFRAMED:9,2x9,2cm/3,6x3,6in FRAMED: 14,9x14,9cm/5,9x5,9in

Object Type:Framed miniature

Style: Portrait miniatures

Technique: watercolor on ivory (round)

Inscription:on verso: old legend

Creator: Johann Julius Heinsius

Creator Dates: 1740 Ilmenau, Germany-1812 Orléans, France

Nationality:German / French

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