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Mme Marguerite Laederich "Duchesse d'Angouleme as "Angel of France"", important miniature!, 1818
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Acquired in November 2020 in France and initially thought by us to be a posthumous (mourning) portrait of an anonymous lady, this miniature on ivory of superior quality one month later was recognized by our friend, world's best specialist in portrait miniatures Dr. Bodo Hofstetter as an extremely important and still unknown for historians representation of the famous French lady.
Dr. Hofstetter with his phenomenal "photographic" memory immediately remembered two other representations of this woman and informed us that we just acquired a portrait of the daughter of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, Princess Marie Therese Charlotte de France, Madame Royale, now 40-year-old Duchess d'Angouleme (1778-1851; see our images nr.6-19 ).
Further says Dr. Hofstter following: "...As for the angel wings: of the Duchess her enemies said: "un ange ŗ Bordeaux, un dťmon ŗ Paris" ("an angel in Bordeaux, a devil in Paris"). Bordeaux had always been a "Bourbon" (royalist) city, so the Duchess was always well-disposed in Bordeaux and extremely popular there. Very different iwas n Paris - that city was always "Bonapartist", that is, against the highly unpopular returned Bourbons imposed by Wellington and the Waterloo victors. The Duchess drove her limp and hesitant, rather moderate uncle, King Louis XVIII. to deal with the remaining Napoleon supporters tough and cruel. No Mercy, Revenge!".
Further Dr. Hofstetter's notices:
The frame is original to the portrait; it has gilt brass applications on its corners (of which one of the four is unfortunately lost), each in the form of...Bourbon lily!!!
And our friend's last notice:
This miniature is a work of a French female artist who in the early period of 2nd Restoration worked for the Duchess d'Angouleme who had returned to Paris. Her name was Mme Marguerite Laederich. In 1818 this artist copied a miniature portrait of Duchess by Gustave de Galard (whereabouts of latter are unknown - see our images nr.6-7) and in the same 1818 she made at least (!) two miniature portraits of Duchess (also miniatures on ivory) showing the latter only as a...head in clouds (tone of them surfaced in 1999 at Phillips London (see our image nr.11) and later bei Bonhams (image 12), the second one (even with date 1818) belongs since 1966 to the collection of Parisian musee Carnavalet). The fact that our miniature is much larger, shows the head with wings and is not signed can mean we have the 1st version of this representation. and for the next two (or for more) the artist was commissioned by the Duchess who wanted present them to her friends or political figures of that time.
It is very interesting to note that we are in possession of another miniature by Mme Laederich which is a portrait of Duchess' "dame d'atours" (lady-in-waiting responsible for wardrobe) Henriette comtesse de Choisy (see our web # 41541) - convincing confirmation of the fact that this female artist was close to Duchess and her court.
The author of this miniature , Mme Marguerite Laederich, was a pupil of great Parisian miniaturist Jean-Baptiste Jacques Augustin. All of her miniatures signed "Marguerite /LaŽderich" or "Mme /LaŽderich" stem from the period between 1814 and 1818. In 1814/16, she lived on rue Neuve des Bons-Enfants, No.35 in Paris. A widow (or divorcee?) from as early as 1818, she remarried to certain Monsieur Gastal in 1819 (from 1819 until the 1830s, she produced miniatures that she signed "Mme /Gastal"). For further information about this artist, see our images additional images.
- according to the old inscription on verso: Eleonore, comtesse d'Orsay, nee von WŁrttemberg-MŲmpelgard, Baroness von Franquemont (1802-1882; see our image nr.5 for the old inscriprion on verso with her name. In 1818 she married Count d'Orsay, high-ranking courtier of Duchesse d'Angouleme's uncle, King Louis XVIII
- antique shop in Toulouse, France
We are very grateful to Dr. Hofstetter for his generous help
Condition: good; in original frame (the latter with one lost element of decoration)
Creation Year: 1818
Measurements: UNFRAMED:8,0x8,0cm/3,1x3,1in FRAMED: 14,9x14,0cm/5,9x5,5in
Object Type: Framed miniature
Style: Portrait miniatures
Technique: watercolor on ivory (round)
Inscription: pre-owner's name on verso: C-sse d'Orsay /nee Franquemont
Creator: Mme Marguerite Gastal-Laederich
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Creator Dates: was active btwn. 1814-1818 in Paris
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