• Centuries of Style: Silver, Eu auction at Christies

    Sale 7800

    Centuries of Style: Silver, European Ceramics, Portrait Miniatures and Gold Boxes

    17 November 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 94


    Price Realised  


    The Hon. Mrs James Butler, in white off-the-shoulder dress with rosettes at corsage and on sleeves; architectural background
    signed and dated 'J. Isabey. 1835' (lower right)
    on paper
    rectangular, 5 7/8 x 4¼ in. (150 x 108 mm.), gilt-metal frame with foliate surround, burgundy leather travelling case (2)

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    An accompanying note inscribed in French by the artist explains that the portrait is being sent to the sitter's mother to avoid further delay in delivering it in person. He states that he has done his best to capture the beauty of her daughter in the drawing and gives his sincere wishes to them both:
    'Madame forcé de remettre de jour en jour l'honneur de vous porter moi même le portrait de Mademoiselle, je prend le parti de vous l'envoyer ; afin de ne pas vous faire attendre plus longtems. vous verez, j'ai fais de mon mieux pour aprocher autant que possible de la beauté du modele. recevez avec bienveillance Madame le profond respect de votre très humble serviteur Isabey Je presente mes homages respectueux à Mademoiselle' (exact transcription)
    The note is further inscribed, 'Letter receiv'd from Isabey [...] on sending my portrait which had been at the Louvre 1835 EMFG [...]'

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    Possibly Paris, Salon, 1835, as part of No. 1101 ('Portraits à l'aquarelle'), lent by Isabey.