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Jean-Baptiste Jacques Augustin-Attrib. "Comtesse D'Uzech", outstanding miniature, 1805/10
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Painted in the period between 1805-1810, this superior quality miniature is in our strong conviction an absolutely authentic and typical work of the famous French miniaturist of the turn of 19th century, Jean-Baptiste Jacques Augustin. Nonetheless, due to absence of the latter's signature, we choose to offer this portrait as "Attributed to Augustin".
Our images nr.5-12 with comparisons confirm this attribution entirely.
According to the authentic label on verso (image nr.5), the name of this lady was Comtesse D'Uzech, nee de Balby de Monfaucon. She was born in 1785, which means that this portrait probably captured her shortly after her marriage with Count D'Uzech.
Jean-Baptiste-Jacques Augustin (1759 Saint-Die/Vosgues - 1832 Paris) called himself "the pupil of nature and meditation", and although he had some lessons in painting from Claudiot in Nancy, his talent was really personal, and there was no artist at least in France, on whom he could model himself.
In 1781, he arrived in Paris, where he was received by the Pinchon family, friends of his parents. Their portraits painted by Augustin made him known quickly and secured him with other commissions. The artist gained fame quite rapidly.
Augustin and Isabey were the two greatest French miniaturists of the late 18th - early 19th centuries, and it would be difficult to say who was a better one. They are as different as could be; in modern terminology, one could call Augustin "the naturalist" and Isabey - "the impressionist". Both had a very great number of pupils, and because of that a considerable influence on the art of the miniature in their period. Amongst the best pupils of Augustin can be mentioned his wife Madeleine Pauline (nee Ducruet) who surpasses them all: Fanny Charin, Le Tellier, Fontallard, Alexandre, Delatour, G.E. Lami, Sieurac, Mme Dalacazette, Mlle Hue de Breval, and Mme de Mirbel. Napoleon had a marked preference for Isabey. In spite of that he nominated Augustin official painter of the Imperial Court. At the restoration Louis XVIII made him painter in ordinary of his cabinet, and in 1821 he became Chevalier of the Legion d'Honneur. In 1820 he went to London to carry out a number of orders, but he does not seem to have remained there very long. He died of cholera in Paris in 1832.
Provenance: private collection, France
Condition: good, was likely set into the lid of a snuff-box before (its diameter of 6,5cm is typical for miniatures of such kind); minimal glass chip (at 7:30 o'clock)
Creation Year: 1805/10
Object Type:Unframed miniature
Style: Portrait Miniatures
Technique: watercolor on ivory (tondo)
Inscription:verso: old legend
Creator: Jean-Baptiste-Jacques Augustin
Creator Dates: 1759 Saint-Die/Vosgues-1832 Paris
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