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    Sale 7550

    Important Portrait Miniatures and Gold Boxes

    9 December 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 98

    JOHN-JULES NIMMO (FRENCH, C. 1830-1881)

    A lady, in black and blue Louis XV robe à la française, white lace cap with blue ribbon bow, powdered hair

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    JOHN-JULES NIMMO (FRENCH, C. 1830-1881)
    A lady, in black and blue Louis XV robe à la française, white lace cap with blue ribbon bow, powdered hair
    signed 'NIMMO' (mid-right)
    on ivory
    oval, 2½ in. (64 mm.) high, gilt-metal frame with pearl surround, glazed reverse revealing blue silk


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    The present miniature is a copy after a painting in the Louvre (INV. MI 1132. Legs La Caze) traditionally known as Mme. Lenoir holding a book. The painting had been erroneously attributed to Chardin, Greuze, Duplessis, and Tocqué. Most recently it has been convincingly reattributed to Voiriot by Guillaume Faroult and Catherine Voiriot (see exhibition catalogue 1869: Watteau et Chardin entrent au Louvre. La Collection La Caze. Chefs-d'oeuvre des peintures des xviie et xviiie siècles, Paris, Louvre, 2007; Pau, musée des Beaux-Arts, 2007; London, Wallace Collection, 2008). See also N. Jeffares, Dictionary of pastellists before 1800, London, 2006, p. 605, unillustrated, among the anonymes, which Mr Neil Jeffares now considers to be an autograph version by Voiriot. We are indebted to Mr Neil Jeffares, London, for the identification of the original painting and his help in the cataloguing of this miniature.

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    Provenance

    Sotheby's, London, 24 October 1988, lot 295.


    Saleroom Notice

    Please note that the blue silk panel in the reverse has been removed. Please contact a member of department for further details.