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Jean-Baptiste-Jacques Augustin-? "Jupiter and Antiope", extremely large iminiature on ivory!!, ca.1790

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Antiope, a nymph or, according to some, the wife of a king of Thebes, was surprised by Jupiter in the form of satyr while she was asleep and was ravished by him (Ovid, Metamorphoses 6: 110-111). This myth was frequently used for the portrayal of female nude.

An unusually large miniature on ivory, possibly painted on several layers of wafers attached together (a technique that could probably explain the present appearance of cracks). This work strongly resembles another large miniature, housed in Londoner Wallace Collection, which, according to the opinion of the world-best specialist on portrait miniatures, Mr. Graham Reynolds (see our additional image with clip from his book "Wallace Collection. Catalogue of Miniatures", London 1980), is an early work of the famous French miniaturist Jean-Baptiste-Jacques Augustin.
The Augustin expert Bernd Pappe in his article "Kunst und Können in der Miniaturmalerei" (see "Miniaturen aus der Sammlung Tansey", Munich, 2000, Pages 17-27) mentions a relative large (18.5x14.5 cm ) miniature of Augustin and notices following: "Für grössere Formate klebte Augustin häufig ein Elfenbeinblatt auf eine dicke Karton- oder Holzplatte (sic!) und erweiterte den Bildträger rundum mit dünnen Kartonstreifen. Den Übergang nivellierte er mit Kreidegrund aus. (In English: For larger sizes Augustin used to glue an ivory wafer on either a thick cardboard or wood panel (our case!!!! obs B.W.) and attached around the painting pieces of card to enlarge it. He leveled the transition areas with chalk ground)".

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.

P.S: Bernd Pappe included "Wallace"-miniature as an absolutely authentic work of Augustin in his recently published catalogue of Augustin-Exhibition (17th April-20th June 2010) in Musee Pierre Noel, Saint-Die-des-Vosgues, France (see our image nr.11)

Provenance: highly noble German collection

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Condition: fairly good

Creation Year: ca 1790

Measurements: UNFRAMED:22,0x30,0cm/8,7x11,8in FRAMED: 34,8x41,0cm/13,7x16,1in

Object Type: Framed miniature

Style: Portrait Miniatures

Technique: oil on ivory, laid on a thick wooden panel

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Creator: Jean-Baptiste Jacques Augustin
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Creator Dates: 1759 Saint-Die/Vosgues-1832 Paris

Nationality: French

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