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Adrien-Victor Auger "Claude Rene Berar", outstanding large miniature on ivory!!, 1808/09
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We are dealing here with a very attractive, high quality, large miniature portrait of a relatively young (he appears to be about 35/40) French naval officer from the period of 1st Empire (note his uniform of a "capitaine de vaisseau" of the 2nd class (it is so-called "habit de grande tenue á bord" which corresponds regulation of the period between 1808-1814) and Napoleonic Chevalier Cross of Legion of Honor (it is the 4th model, introduced in 1808)). Two other visible awards - the (established by the Bourbons on April 28, 1814) "Decoration of the Lily" and the Chevalier Cross of the Royal Military Order of Saint Louis were surely added (by the same or another artist) some later, already in the period of 1st Bourbon Restoration (or even in first years of 2nd Restoration).
In the period of 1808-1814 in French Navy there were several "capitaines de vaisseau" of 2nd class, who in the early period of Restoration possessed exactly these three awards. Nevertheless only one of them, being relatively young (41-year-old), was already in that rank in 1808, all other were older and obtained that rank several years later.
The name of this officer was Claude Rene Berar.
Claude Rene Berar was born on 12 April 1767 in harbor town Rochefort on Charente River, in 20 km from Atlantic coast. His father, Rene Berar (1741-1822) was a local marchand and landlord. He entered French Navy in 1777, as a ship's boy in age of 10, in 1797 became "capitaine de fregate", on 14 June 1804 was awarded Chevalier Cross of the Legion of Honor, on 12 July 1808 was raised to "capitaine de vaisseau" of 2nd class (we are sure he ordered this portrait just thereafter).
On 1st January 1813 he was appointed "chef des mouvements du port de Rochefort" (harbor's chief in his native Rochefort; he served still at that harbor on 2nd July 1815 as after "100 Days" there arrived wearing civil dress Napoleon Bonaparte). His Chevalier Cross of Royal Order of St.Louis Berar obtained on 18 August 1814. He died in Rochefort, on 12 February 1837.
Still in 1794 Berar married Marie Adelaide Therese Henry (she outlived him). They had four children - two sons and two daughters. Both sons also served in the Navy; one of grandsons, Eugene Berar retreated as a "capitaine de fregate"; like his grandfather he was also the Chevalier of Legion of Honor.
This miniature is clearly signed "auger". It means that we are dealing here with an extreme rarity at the current antique market - a portrait work (for another one, see our image nr.15) of well-listed French artist of the 1st half of the 19th century, Adrien Victor Auger.
Adrien Victor Auger was born in October 1787 in Saint-Valery-en-Caux, department Seine-Interieure and died in 1854. He was a pupil of Jacques Louis David and was mostly known as a genre, historical and graphic artist. Besides that, he was also active as a lithographer (producing prints of military scenes and caricatures) and portraitist.
Auger exhibited at the Salon de Paris in 1810, 1824 and 1832. In 2006, German art dealer Thomas Le Claire offered the pencil drawing, signed by Adrien Victor Auger, dated 1808 and titled "Portrait of violinist Jean Vidal (1789-1867)" at the Salon du Dessin in Paris for €110000.
Provenance: French antique trade
Condition: good; in original frame; the glass is somewhat scratched and with minimal chip at 8:00 o'clock
Creation Year: 1808/09
Measurements:UNFRAMED:16,2x12,3cm/6,4x4,8in FRAMED: 24,5x19,2cm/9,6x7,6in
Object Type:Framed miniature
Style: Portrait Miniatures
Technique: watercolor on ivory
Creator: Adrien Victor Auger
Creator Dates: 1787 Saint-Valery-1854
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