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Louis-Francois Aubry "Portrait of Alexandra Pavlovna Sumarokova? ", important miniature!!, 1820/25
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Acquired on July 24th 2011 at Belgian auction house "Rops", this unsigned miniature on ivory with portrait of a lady, dressed according to fashion of early 1820s, wearing a turban, coral necklace and purple dress with white shawl turned out to be Louis-Francois Aubry's own replica of his signed (and identically sized!) miniature offered in 1980 at Sotheby's Geneva (see our image nr.7). The third replica by Aubry belongs to Andrei Rudentsov Collection (Moscow). The latter is decribed in collection's catalogue as "executed in 1810s (??!) possible (sic!) portrait of Wallachian (Moldavian) Princess Zoya Grigorievna Ghika, married Maruzzi, daughter of "gospodar" (ruler) of Wallachia Prince Grigori III Ghika (see our images nr.8-9). This questionable attribution was offered by Moscow art historian, Mme Tatiana Dmitrieva (who obviously believes that depicted lady could be ca. 60-year-old (and not, as it seems, 30/40) - Zoya Maruzzi-Ghika was namely born in 1760; in early 1820s (sitter's dress!) she was over 60)).
Was the sitter Mme Maruzzi's daughter, Countess Alexandra Pavlovna Sumarokova-Maruzzi? The latter was born in 1790, and in early 1820s she was exactly in the (visual) age of our lady (see image nr.10)? Comparison with known portrait of Alexandra's daughter (and granddaughter of Zoya Maruzzi-Ghika) speaks not against this supposition...
In each case the depicted lady indeed seems to be (according to her turban) of East-European origin.
Louis-Frainçois Aubry (1767 Paris - 1851 ibidem) was a pupil of Vincent and Isabey. From 1798 to 1838 he exhibited numerous miniatures in the Salon, and won a second class medal in 1808 and a first class medal in 1828. In 1832 he became a chevalier of the Legion d'Honneur. From 1838 to 1848 Aubry worked as a restorer in the Louvre. Schidlof writes, that in his best pieces Aubry can compete with almost any great artist of his day. He taught the majority of the miniaturists of his period, who became in their turn artists of worth. Among his pupils were Saint, Millet, Le Gros, Delacluze, Meuret, P. d' Aubigny, and his wife Amelie, Gaye, Mlle Voullemier etc.
Our image nr.12 shows another Aubry's miniature sold in 2010 for over USD$ 16,000
Condition: good; somewhat bent; in original frame
Creation Year: 1820/25
Object Type: Framed miniature
Style: Portrait Miniatures
Technique: watercolor on ivory
Creator: Louis-François Aubry
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Creator Dates: 1767 Paris-1851 Paris
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