27 November 2007
CÉCILE VILLENEUVE (FRENCH, 1824-1901)
Madame Lejeune de Bellecour, née Desprez, in black dress with pleated white bodice and white underslip, a black lace stole over her shoulders, a lace stole over her shoulders, wearing pink flowers and lace in her dark swept back hair
signed 'Cécile Villeneuve' (lower right) and inscribed on the backing paper by the artist's hand 'Madame Lejeune de Bellecour née Desprez'
oval, 3 15/16 in. (101 mm.) high, ormolu easel frame with ribbon and bow surmount, the reverse engraved 'Mme. Lejeune de Bellecour née Desprez'
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