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Marie-Caroline (1798-1870) Duchesse de Berry, née Princess Caroline of Naples and Sicily, seated on fur-bordered green drape, in royal blue velvet dress with ermine-trimmed sleeves, gem-set brooch at corsage, wearing pearl necklace and bracelet, her upswept hair partly covered by gold-bordered white headscarf, gem-set tiara, holding a fan in her right hand; green curtain and landscape background with swans on a lake
signed 'Lequeutre' (upper left and lower-right)
on ivory
oval, 4 13/16 in. (122 mm.) high, heavy rectangular ormolu easel-stand frame, the spandrels decorated with crowned initals MC flanked by lilies, the strapwork border hung with garlands, the base with an angel at devotions, surmounted with the coat-of-arms of the Duke of Berry and the Royal Arms of the Two Sicilies, the strut engraved 'Alph. Giroux à Paris'
Caroline of Naples of Sicily (1798-1870), Duchesse de Berry.
Christie's, Geneva, 14 November 1978, lot 174.
Robert D. Brewster (1916-1995) Collection, New York; Sotheby's, Geneva, 15 November 1995, lot 339.
B. Hofstetter, 'Les miniaturistes de la duchesse de Berry' in Marie Caroline de Berry, Paris, 2002, p. 154 (as 'certainly the most beautiful 'late' portrait miniature' [of her]).
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Another portrait of the same sitter by Lequeutre wearing a red dress and dated 1830 was exhibited at the Albertina, Vienna, Internationale Miniaturen-Austellung in der Albertina Wien, 1924, no. 546 (lent by Dr F. Herzberg, Vienna).
This is part of a series of five large miniatures by Lequeutre in impressive ormolu frames by Alphonse Giroux depicting the French Royal family during their exile in Frohsdorf Castle, Austria. The miniatures of the sitter's children, Henri, Comte de Chambord and Princess Louise of France, were sold Christie's, London, 7 December 2004, lots 380 and 381, respectively. Those depicting the sitter's brother-in-law, the Duc d'Angoulême, and his wife Madame Royale, are still kept in the family and were illustrated in G. Englebert, 'Frohsdorf ou les souvenirs du Comte de Chambord, L'Eventail, no. 18, December 1988, pp. 54-55. For further information, see B. Hofstetter (supra).

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