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Antique French Gilt Bronze Portrait M. Le Brun c.1830

Antique French Gilt Bronze Portrait | Gilt miniature portrait | Ref. no. 08405 | Regent Antiques Sold

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It is rare that you find such a lovely example of works executed by 18th century female artists and this piece is sure to please. Dating from around 1830, it is an antique French gilt bronze portrait showing a young French aristocratic mother with her child and is signed M. Le Brun.

This exquisite miniature is housed in a pierced pressed gilded ormolu highly decorated frame. The delicacy and romance of the painting is a delight and it displays a wonderful mix of Rococo and Neoclassical palette and style. The detailing of the frame of this gilt miniature portrait is superb.

Madame Le Brun became famous as a portrait painter for Marie Antoinette, and was fortunate to survive the French Revolution. She produced 660 portraits and 200 landscapes many of which are now housed in major museums across the world, such at London’s National Gallery and New York’s Metropolitan Museum.

This glorious gilt miniature portrait is in excellent condition which can be seen from the photographs in our gallery. Please do take a few moments to look at these and appreciate the delicate style of this antique French gilt bronze portrait.

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Dimensions in cm:

Height 15 x Width 11 x Depth 2

Dimensions in inches:

Height 6 inches x Width 4 inches x Depth 1 inch

Angelica Kauffman, RA (1741 - 1807)

was a Swiss-born Austrian Neoclassical painter who had a successful career in London and Rome. Though born as "Kauffmann", Kauffman is the preferred spelling of her name in English; it is the form she herself used most in signing her correspondence, documents and paintings.

While Kauffman produced many types of art, she identified herself primarily as a history painter, an unusual designation for a woman artist in the 18th century. History painting, was considered the most elite and lucrative category in academic painting during this time period. Under the direction of Sir Joshua Reynolds, the Royal Academy made a strong effort to promote history painting to a native audience who were more interested in commissioning and buying portraits and landscapes.

Despite the popularity that Kauffman enjoyed in British society and her success as an artist, she was disappointed by the relative apathy that the British had towards history painting. Ultimately she left Britain for the continent, where history painting was better established, held in higher esteem and patronized.

The works of Angelica Kauffman have retained their reputation. By 1911, rooms decorated with her work were still to be seen in various quarters. At Hampton Court was a portrait of the duchess of Brunswick; in the National Portrait Gallery, a self-portrait. There were other pictures by her at Paris, at Dresden, in the Hermitage at St Petersburg, in the Alte Pinakothek atMunich, in Kadriorg Palace, Tallinn (Estonia).


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Our reference: 08405