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# 43318

Louis-Marie Sicardi-Attrib. "Opera singer Mlle Anette d'Hervieux", unique portrait!, early 1780s

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Set into an early 19th century frame it is a unique (no other portrait of this lady was known til today) portrait executed in early 1780s (according to sitter's dress and hairstyle) of celebrated Parisian opera singer and courtesan (legend on verso even names her mistress of Comte d'Artois (future King Charles X of France)), Mlle Anette d'Hervieux.
Our images nr. 7-11 show information about this person found online.
We learn that besides her stage carreer she was very successful as one of the several leading courtesans of the French capital. One of her lovers built a little palace for her in Chaussee d'Antin which soon became one of main sights of Paris, visited by numerous strangers. Its interior was an example of oriental luxury combined with French Rococo taste.
Unfortunately we could not find dates of birth and death of this woman, but the fact that she performed already in 1782 allows to believe that she was born in the 1760s.

This, of superior quality miniature on ivory strongly resembles works of Parisian, late 18th century artist Louis-Marie Sicard (also Sicardi; see our comparison images nr.12-17).

Louis-Marie Sicard, called Sicardi, was born in 1743 in Avignon as a son of Toulousian-born portraitist Jean-Pierre-Antoine Sicardi (ca.1718 - ca.1796); his works are extremely rare: we could find only one of them, which is published on the web; see our last image) and Marseille-born Marie-Anne, nee Scudier. Together with his parents (his father was an itinerant artist) Louis-Marie travelled throughout South France. We know about his 1759 stay in Toulouse; one then finds him in Avignon and Bordeaux. In 1769, at the age of 26, Louis-Marie became an associate at the Academy of Bordeaux, and - in 1771 - a full member of this institution and (at the same time) it's teaching professor. In 1774 he moved to Paris, where soon gained great success at the court. On many occasions he portrayed the King and Queen, as well as other members of the Royal Family. The major part of his portraits of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette were mounted on gold boxes and used as diplomatic presents. Similarly, his numerous portraits of other artists, including those of the sculptor Augustin Pajou (1789), Mlle Levert of the Theatre Francaise (1810), Mlle Bourgoing as Antigone (1812), and Jean Joseph Carrier (1816). Sicardi exhibited at the Salon de Paris from 1791 to 1819. Under the Empire, he does not seem to have worked for the court, but he kept a rather important clientele amongst the aristocracy.
Further, Schidlof mentions that "the great part of the works of Sicardi are not signed. He signed "Sicardi" with or without date, sometimes: "S." and rarely: "Siccardi…".

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Provenance:
estate of Baron de...,
inventory sale of Baron de...(auction house "Cyril Duval", La Fleche, region Pays de la Loire, France, 1st February 2020, lot 838)

Condition: good

Creation Year: early 1780s

Measurements:UNFRAMED:5,9x5,9cm/2,3x2,3in FRAMED: 10,5x10,5cm/4,1x4,1in

Object Type:Framed miniature

Style: Portrait miniatures

Technique: watercolor on ivory (round)

Inscription:old legend on verso

Creator: Louis-Marie Sicardi

Creator Dates: 1743 Avignon-1825 Paris

Nationality:French

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