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Henri-Francois-Gabriel Viollier "Natalia Petrovna Golovkina (?!)", important miniature!!, ca.1790
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Acquired in February 2016 at a French antique shop, it is a portrait of a young, high-aristocratic lady (her dress and hair-style suggest late 1780s-early 1790s) depicted on a park terrace of her palace. It was recognized by our friend, world-best specialist in portrait miniatures Dr. Bodo Hofstetter (Switzerland) as a typical and absolutely authentic work (namely from his Russian period) of well-known Swiss portraitist, court miniaturist of Grand Duke Pavel Petrovich (future Emperor Paul I of Russia) - Henri-Francois-Gabriel Viollier. Our comparison images nr. 7-17 fully confirm Dr. Hofstetter's opinion.
The depicted on this portrait young lady bears a locket with ligated Latin monogram "PJJ", It could be that of retired Guards officer (from 1796 courtier of Paul I), Petr Ivanovich Izmaylov (1724-1807; see our image nr.18). In this case it would mean we are dealing probably with a portrait of latter's 22-year-oldt daughter, Natalia Petrovna Izmaylova (1768-1849: see image nr.19)., executed shortly before (or just thereafter) her wedding with Graf (Count) Fedor Gavrilovich Golovkin. Especially known she is as writer, author of the (written in French) novel "Elisabeth de S***, ou l'Histoire d'une Russe" (1802).
Henri Francois Gabriel Viollier was born in 1750 in Geneva into a family of a goldsmith. He spent his youth in France. In 1774 he entered the service of Grand Duke of Wuerttemberg. Viollier's earliest works are dated 1776-1778. In 1780 he came to Russia. In 1781-1782 he accompanied Grand Duke Paul and his wife Maria Fedorovna on their journey through Europe. In 1784 he was appointed as an artist at the Court of Grand Duke Paul and "inspector of cabinets and galleries". In 1785 the St. Petersburg Imperial Academy granted him a title of a "naznachenny" ("appointed") artist. In the 1780s he was active in various artistic fields: decoration of the palace and garden pavilions in Pavlovsk, architectural construction projects in Gatchina and (later) of Michailovski Palace in St. Petersburg.
After 1791 he lived in Moscow (sic!). In 1797 Viollier was appointed "Inspector of cabinet of miniatures" in St. Petersburg and raised in rank to "nadvorny sovetnik" (court councilor). In 1800 he married Russian woman Elena Salina and lived with her until January 1806 in Pavlovsk. He then lived in Germany (Wiesbaden), then - in Paris. In 1812 he returned to Russia, where he died in 1829 in St. Petersburg.
Works of Henri Francois Gabriel Viollier are on display in the Hermitage and the Russian Museum in St. Petersburg, at Pavlovsk Museum, Moscow Tretyakov Gallery and State Historical Museum, Museum of Kremlin, etc.
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We are very grateful to Dr. Hofstetter for his generous help.
Creation Year: ca 1790
Measurements: UNFRAMED:5,7x4,6cm/2,2x1,8in FRAMED: 11,9x10,2cm/4,7x4,0in
Object Type: Framed miniature
Style: Portrait Miniatures
Technique: watercolor on ivory
Creator: Henri Francois Gabriel Viollier
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Creator Dates: 1750 Geneva-1829 St. Petersburg
Nationality: Swiss / Russian
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