• 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 98


    Price Realised  


    Count Jean-Baptiste Juvénal Corbineau (1776-1848), in military uniform, red-trimmed green coat with red collar, gold epaulettes, black stock, wearing the French Order of the Legion of Honour, dark hair and moustache
    signed 'Sieurac' (mid-right)
    oval, 2½ in. (65 mm.) high, rectangular gilt-metal frame with foliate and star border and foliate spandrels

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    Count Jean-Baptiste Juvénal Corbineau (1776-1832) embarked on a military career at the age of sixteen when he joined the Army of the North and went on to serve in the Armies of the Sambre and Meuse, the Danube and Helvetia. By 1811 he had been promoted to general of brigade, commanded troops in the Russian campaign of 1812 and, in recognition of his performance during these battles, was appointed aide-de-camp to Emperor Napoleon. His loyalty and service to Napoleon eventually gained him the title of Count of the Empire. On the Emperor's abdication following the battle of Arcis-sur-Aube in 1814, Corbineau remained in France but he was unable to serve active duty, however he was reinstated as aide-de-camp on Napoleon's return from exile and fought alongside him in the battle of Waterloo.

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    Bernard Franck (1848-1924) Collection.
    Courtois Collection.


    N. Lemoine-Bouchard, Les Peintres en miniature actifs en France 1650-1850, Paris, 2008, illustrated in colour pp. 14 and 469.


    Montélimar, Musée de la Miniature, De la guerre en dentelles aux charges héroïques, 2006, no. 53, illustrated in colour p. 38.