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A lady called Madame de Montesson (1738-1806), seated at a desk on upholstered red chair, in blue dress with frilly white lace border and cuffs, wearing a hat, her left arm leaning on the desk, a pen in her right hand writing a letter
signed and dated 'Vestier Pinxit 1782' (mid-right)
on ivory
oval, 3 3/16 in. (81 mm.) high, gilt-metal mount
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Lot Essay

Another version of the present miniature, also painted in 1782 and formerly in the collection of John Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) as a portrait of the Marquise de Montesson, is in the Nationalmuseum Stockholm. A similar work of the same year, possibly depicting the same sitter, is in the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Caen (see A.-M. Passez, Antoine Vestier 1740-1824, Paris, 1989, p. 284, nos. 189 and 190, illustrated p. 285, figs. 189 and 190).

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