PIERRE NOËL VIOLET (1749-1819)
PIERRE NOËL VIOLET (1749-1819)

Countess de Genlis de St. Aubin (1746-1830), facing left in white dress with blue bodice and blue bows tied at her upper arm, striped gauze scarf tied at corsage, three strand gold necklace, gold-embroidered grey bandeau in her powdered curling hair

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PIERRE NOËL VIOLET (1749-1819)
Countess de Genlis de St. Aubin (1746-1830), facing left in white dress with blue bodice and blue bows tied at her upper arm, striped gauze scarf tied at corsage, three strand gold necklace, gold-embroidered grey bandeau in her powdered curling hair
signed 'P. Violet' (mid-left)
oval, 2¾ in. (70 mm.) high, silver-gilt reverbère frame with bright cut-border and engraved with the sitter's name within gilt-metal frame with dotted white enamel border

Lot Essay

Stéphanie Félicité Ducrest de St-Aubin lived 84 years under 11 different reigns. A femme du monde and successful writer, she published 104 volumes of Souvenirs. She was the mistress of the Duke of Orléans 'Philippe-Égalité', governess of the future King Louis-Philippe, a friend of Rousseau, Talleyrand, Madame Récamier, and a rival of Choderlos de Lacos and Madame de Staël. For more information, see Gabriel de Broglie, Madame de Genlis, Paris, 1985.

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