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Wincenty de Lesseur-Lesserowicz "Lady with white veil", outstanding miniature on ivory!!, ca. 1795
Price: 7500 EUR
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Offered here is a superb miniature portrait of a (still anonymous) young aristocraric lady. One would think that all of its style components correspond with those typical for works of great Austro-German Neoclassical portraitist Josef Grassi (see our comparison images nr.8-17).
However, we remain certain that the factual author of this 1st-class quality miniature was not Grassi himself but his (similarly well-known) imitator, Polish miniaturist Wincenty de Lesseur-Lesserowicz. As it is known, by using the technique of miniature, Lesseur-Lesserowicz executed numerous copies after Grassi's large-scale portraits. He was one of Grassi's contemporaries and was likely acquainted with the latter during his years spent in Vienna (see below).
Our images nr.18-26 convincingly confirm the authorship of this artist.
There is also another argument in favor of Wincenty de Lesseur-Lesserowicz' authorship: it is the "water-drop" background technique that the latter borrowed from H. F. Fueger while working in Vienna (see below).
Wincenty de Lesseur-Lesserowicz (1745 Warsaw - 1813 Warsaw) was a son of a French colonel. He studied under Italo-born Polish court artist Marcello Bacciarelli and the latter's wife, portrait miniaturist Friederike Bacciarelli. He spent some time in Vienna and, while there, became strongly influenced by Fueger (and clearly imitated the latter's "water-drop" technique in his works), although there is no evidence of his ever being Fueger's pupil. He was taught very highly of by the King Stanislas August of Poland, who ennobled him in 1781. Lesseur-Lesserowicz executed numerous orders for the King, as well as for the Mniszech family.
He was primarily a miniaturist, yet also painted portraits in oils and pastel.
Besides producing miniatures from life, he made numerous copies (mainly after Marcello Bacciarelli, Grassi, Fueger and Lampi-senior).
Provenance: private collection, Vienna
Condition: good; in original (partially gilded) metal easel-frame
Creation Year: ca 1795
Measurements:UNFRAMED:8,4x6,8cm/3,3x2,7in FRAMED: 9,4x7,8cm/3,7x3,1in
Object Type:Framed miniature
Style: Portrait Miniatures
Technique: watercolor on ivory
Creator: Wincenty de Lesseur-Lesserowicz
Creator Dates: 1745 Warsaw-1813 Warsaw
Nationality:French / Polish
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