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Etienne Charles Le Guay "Antoinette-Marie, Marquise de Salperwick", important miniature!!, 1805/10
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This miniature was acquired in 2006. For a few years we believed this unsigned but exceedingly qualitative (though, unfortunately, in imperfect condition) portrait to be a work of the well-known French miniaturist Jean Antoine Laurent (1763-1832). Moreover, Schidlof mentions (in his article concerning this artist following piece: "Sale Dr. Loew, Geneva 26th-27th April 1920, pl.XVI, No.57: Young lady wearing a white dress and a yellow shawl, iv.(ory), unsigned (typical)".
Nevertheless, on the 28th of April 2010, in his email, our friend and an ongoing 'visitor' to our online gallery, world's best specialist in portrait miniatures, Dr. Bodo Hofstetter (Switzerland), maintains that this work is not by Laurent, but by Etienne Charles Le Guay - another famous French miniaturist, working in the same period as Laurent.
And now unexpected turn out:
In April 2014 we acquired another portrait (executed two-three years before the presented here one) of the same (!) lady which is signed..."Le Guay" (see our image 17 and our web # 42833 ). So we have the 100% confirmation of Dr. Hofstetter's attribution and we know the name of the lady - Antoinette Marquise de Salperwick.
A brief web research led us to the following information about this lady: she was born as a daughter of Antoine-Francois-Nicolas Vidard, who was a chevalier, marquis de Saint-Clair and colonel of the Royal Cavalry, and his wife, Antoinette-Louise-Maxime de Chastenet de Puysegur. Fleeing from the Great Terror, the family was forced to leave France. Whatever the case may have been, we found the information that the sitter's mother died in "messidor an 6" (i.e. sometime between September and October of 1798) in Duchy Brunswick in Germany.
Most likely, the sitter (together with her father and her siblings) - alike the thousands of other émigrés - returned to France after Napoleon's decree (Decree on Émigrés) issued on the 27th of April 1802. Keeping in mind that the author of this a Frenchman, we can add that her wedding took place already in France, i.e. after her return (and indeed, the sitter's dress and hair-style speak for ca. 1803/05). Antoinette-Marie married Eugene-Louis Philippe, Marquise de Salperwick, who during the 1st Restoration (1814/15) belonged to the retinue of King Louis XVIII' brother, Comte d'Artoise, and had a rank of a captain of the Cavalry Regement de Royal-Navarre. The couple had two children: son Armand de Salperwick and daughter Louise-Josephine-Melite, who in 1819 married Marie-Amable Cadier, Baron de Veauce.
Antoinette-Marie died before 1827, for in this year her widower married his second wife.
Etienne Charles Le Guay or Leguay (1762 Sevres - 1846 Paris) was a son of a porcelain painter and gilder Etienne Henri Leguay.
He studied under J.M. Vien and exhibited at the Salon from 1795 to 1819, showing miniatures on ivory and porcelain, as well as some mythological paintings.
From 1778 to 1785 he was a painter at the factory in Sevres, and later, for some time, a manager of the porcelain factory Dihl & Guerhard in Paris. Between 1808 and 1840 he again worked in Sevres. His three successive wives, Marie-Sophie Giguet (d. in 1801), Marie-Victoire Jaquotot (divorced in 1809), and Caroline de Courtin, were all his pupils and painted miniatures.
Schidlof writes:"Le Guay was one of the best miniaturists of his period, particularly good are his works of the beginning of the 19th century" (sic!).
Works of Le Guay can be viewed at the Louvre, in Museum Carnavalet in Paris, in Museum of Manufactory Sevres, in Museum Angers, in Museum of Applied Arts in Vienna, etc.
His miniatures achieve very remarkable prices at the art auction market (see our additional images). Another one of our additional images shows a breakfast service decorated by Le Guay (Sevres porcelain).
Our image nr.12 shows a very similiar (some weacker in quality) miniature by Le Guay's second wife (and pupil) Caroline Le Guay, nee Courtin; this comparison also strongly supports Dr. Hofstetter's opinion concerning authorship of Etienne Charles Le Guay!
Provenance: Auction House Berd Rieger, Stuttgart, 3. May 2006, Lot 4737 (as unknown artist)
We are very grateful to Dr. Bodo Hofstetter for his generous help.
Condition: fairly good; two cracks
Creation Year: 1805-1810
Measurements: UNFRAMED:9,0x8,0cm/3,5x3,1in FRAMED: 10,0x9,0cm/3,9x3,5in
Object Type: Framed miniature
Style: Portrait Miniatures
Technique: watercolor on ivory
Creator: Etienne Charles Le Guay
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Creator Dates: 1762 Sevres-1846 Paris
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