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This perfect portrait miniature on ivory was executed in 1826 by important French miniaturist Andre Leon Larue called Mansion.
Andre Leon Larue Mansion was born in Nancy in 1785 and died ca. 1840 (in another sources in 1843) in Paris. He was pupil of his father Jacques Larue and of Isabey. For some time he worked for the factory of Sevres and exhibited at the Paris Salon from 1808 to 1834. Several times he visited London and exhibited there at the Royal Academy in 1829 and 1831. In 1822 appeared his work "Lettres sur la miniature", in French and in English. Schidlof says: ...Mansion counts amongst the best French miniaturists of the 19th century... he attains the same standard as Aubry, Jacques and Saint. In the Wallace collection, London are six miniatures on ivory of young ladies by Mansion. These miniatures, Schidlof writes, already had at the time they were painted a considerable success.vincingly confirm this statement (see our additional images).
Provenance: Auction House Dorotheum , 2015.
Literature: in German: Leo Schidlof " Die Bildnisminiatur in Frankreich im XVII, XVIII und XIX Jahrhundert"; Ernst Lemberger , monography "Meisterminiaturen aus fünf Jahrhunderten", Leipzig, 1911; artist lexicon by Thieme/Becker, Leipzig,1999; in French: N.Lemoine-Bouchard "Les peintres en miniature, actifs en France 1650-1850", Paris,2008
; Benezit Artist Lexicon, 1999.
Inscription: signed and dated 1826, right in the middle.
Technique: gouache on ivory, original period bronze frame.
Measurements: unframed w 2 3/8" x h 2 7/8" (6 x 7,2 cm); framed w 2 3/4" x h 3 3/8" (7 x 8,5 cm).