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Jean-Laurent Mosnier (1743/44-1808)

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Jean-Laurent Mosnier (1743/44-1808)

A very fine miniature of a young Lady, full-face, in lace-bordered white satin robe à la polonaise adorned with blue silk bows, seated at a Louis XVI table arranged with blue silk drapery, a book and a vase with flowers, her arms resting on a drawing paper, holding a pencil, white ostrich feathers, black aigrette, pink roses and leaves in her high-piled powdered hair, easel with a sketch in the background

dated left '1776'
2 7/8in. (72mm.) diam., two-colour gold mount chased with a laurel and berry border
Literature
L. R. Schidlof, The Miniature in Europe, Graz, 1964, II, pp. 575 (described as 'excellent'), 1012; ill. IV, pl. 417, no. 850
Exhibited
Vienna, Albertina, Internationale Miniaturen-Ausstellung in der Albertina Wien, 1924, no. 613, ill. pl. VI, opp. p. 44
Geneva, Musée d'Art et d'Histoire, Chefs-d'oeuvre de la miniature et de la gouache, 1956, no. 311
Vienna, Albertina, Meisterwerke der europäischen Miniaturmalerei von 1750 bis 1850, 1965, no. 289
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Lot Essay

A similar miniature by Mosnier, also depicting a female artist, is in the Louvre (ill. in the exhibition catalogue L'âge d'or du petit portrait, Bordeaux, Geneva and Paris, 1995-1996, p. 289).
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