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JEAN-BAPTISTE ISABEY (FRENCH, 1767-1855)
PROPERTY FROM A BELGIAN PRIVATE COLLECTION
JEAN-BAPTISTE ISABEY (FRENCH, 1767-1855)

A gentleman, in light grey striped dark grey pékin coat, mauve and green embroidered foliate cream-coloured waistcoat, knotted white cravat, powdered hair

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JEAN-BAPTISTE ISABEY (FRENCH, 1767-1855)
A gentleman, in light grey striped dark grey pékin coat, mauve and green embroidered foliate cream-coloured waistcoat, knotted white cravat, powdered hair
signed 'Isabey' (lower right)
octagonal, 2 7/16 x 2 7/16 in. (61 x 61 mm.), gold mount with light blue enamel surround with outer seed pearl border within gold frame, the reverse with hairwork panel depicting an Altar of Love with two flaming hearts above a plinth containing the initials JL and RL surmounted by motto 'Je.meurs.oú.jem'attache' within ivy surround; rectangular fitted gilt-stamped brown morocco presentation case by L. Gouverneur, Paris (2)
Provenance
Brussels, Palais des Beaux-Arts, 16 December 1980, lot 170 (120,000 Belgian francs, illustrated on catalogue front cover).

Lot Essay

This superb miniature must have been painted during the last years of the 18th century and resembles Isabey's Portrait of Dr Duchanois of 1798, illustrated in the exhibition catalogue Jean-Baptiste Isabey (1767-1855) portraitiste de l'Europe, Malmaison, Musée national des Châteaux de Malmaison et Bois-Préau and Nancy, Musée des Beaux-Arts, 2005-2006, no. 38.
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