Claude-Jean Besselièvre (French, B. 1779)
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Claude-Jean Besselièvre (French, B. 1779)

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Claude-Jean Besselièvre (French, B. 1779)
A Russian ballerina in ermine-trimmed green velvet dress and cap
Signed and dated ‘Besselievre / El. De M. / Augustin / an 1810’ (mid-left)
On ivory
Oval, 186 mm. high, rectangular gilt-bronze frame
Provenance
Goldschmidt Collection, Vienna, by 1911.
Theodor Bergman Collection, Vienna.
Maximilian Kellner Collection, Vienna, by 1924.
With Leo R. Schidlof, from whom acquired by Ernst Holzscheiter in Paris, 10 January 1935 (inv. nos. MD/0071 and 68).
Literature
Schidlof 1911, pp. 76 and 381, illustrated in colour pl. I (described as an actress and 'of high artistic value').
Schidlof 1964, I, p. 82 (described as ‘excellent’ and says ‘Two of his best works appeared at the exh. at the Albertina, Vienna’, referring to the present miniature), II, p. 917, illustrated III, pl. 61, fig. 107.
Lemoine-Bouchard 2008, p. 95.
Exhibited
Vienna 1924, no. 95, illustrated pl. IX, no 95.
Geneva 1956, no. 38.
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