3 June 2014
SAMUEL COTES (BRITISH, 1734-1818)
A lady, in black lace-trimmed gown, woollen scarf and small lace ruff, gold earrings and white mob-cap with blue ribbon, together with a young lady, in white dress, a white ribbon in her long brown curling hair; sky background (After Andrew Plimer), together with a lady in a white dress with purple sash; woodland background (Continental School), bearing signature 'Campana' (lower right)
all on ivory
oval, 2¾ in. (71 mm.) high, gilt-metal fausse-montre frame, the reverse centred with gold initials 'BMY' between two locks of hair in the form of wheatsheaves, with seed pearls, with plaited hair surround; oval, 2? in. (73 mm.) high, gilt-metal frame, reverse with lock of hair and seed pearls on opalescent glass; circular, 2½ in. (64 mm.) diam., gilt-metal frame, in fitted red leather case, stamped by Asprey & Co. Ltd, New Bond Street, London
The lady by Cotes: De la Hey Collection; part II, Sotheby’s, London, 4 November 1968, lot 270.
Purchased by M. Bennett Esq., London, from the City Antiques Company Ltd., London, on 5 November 1968 for £75)
Purchased by Michael Bennett Esq., London from The City Antique Company Ltd, London, in April 1968 (as ‘Probably by Miss Mary Anne Knight’).
Lady, Continental School: According to a notebook belonging to the owner, ‘Given to Tuffy by Frank, 7 October 1968’.
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The prototype of the circular miniature (Continental School) is illustrated in H. Bouchot, La Miniature française 1750-1825, Paris, 1907, I, p. 8.
It has been suggested that the first miniature in this lot depicts Marion Sprot (1750-1808/12) and was painted by Archibald Skirving (1749-1819). For further details about the artist, sitter and re-attribution, please contact the Portrait Miniatures Department. We are indebted to Dr Stephen Lloyd for this information.
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