10 June 2008
JEAN-BAPTISTE ISABEY (FRENCH, 1767-1855)
Comte Richard de Vesvrotte, officer of the Cuirassiers of the Royal Guard, in blue coat with red collar with silver lace, epaulettes and aiguillettes, steel cuirass charged with French Royal arms in gilt; stormy sky background
signed and dated 'J. Isabey. 1833' (mid right)
on papier vélin
rectangular, 5½ x 3 15/16 in. (140 x 102 mm.), stamped gilt-metal frame with applied name plate (as 'Vervrote'), pierced anthemion and rosettes surmount
Edouard Warneck Collection, Paris; part I sold Leo Schidlof's Kunstauktionshaus, Vienna, 11 April 1924, lot 73.
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L. R. Schidlof, The Miniature in Europe, Graz, 1964, I, p. 397 (described as 'good').
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The designer and decorator shows us around his Santa Monica HQ, and enthuses over the forthcoming Rooms as Portraits auctions in London and New York
Chinese Works of Art specialist Olivia Hamilton reckons this pair of superb sculptures — around 1,300 years old — are ‘the finest I've seen come up for sale‘