• 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 97


    Price Realised  


    Vice Admiral Baron l'Hermitte (1766-1826), in military uniform, blue coat with gold-embroidered collar, gold epaulettes and buttons, white stock, wearing the French Military Order of St Louis and the Royal French Order of the Legion of Honour; cloudy sky background (artist's join)
    signed 'D'aubigny' (mid-left)
    on ivory
    oval, 4 1/8 in. (105 mm.) high, gilt-metal mount with foliate stamped border in rectangular wood frame
    A paper label on the reverse is inscribed with the sitter's name.

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    A similar pastel portrait of the present sitter, and a further one of his wife, are in the Musée Quesnel-Morinière, Coutances, France. They are reproduced in N. Jeffares, Dictionary of pastellists before 1800, London, 2006, p. 276.

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    Courtois Collection, inventory no. 86.


    N. Lemoine-Bouchard, Les Peintres en miniature actifs en France 1650-1850, Paris, 2008, p. 179.


    Montélimar, Musée de la Miniature, De la guerre en dentelles aux charges héroïques, 2006, no. 63, illustrated in colour p. 42.