12 June 2006
PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN
JEAN-BAPTISTE-JACQUES AUGUSTIN (FRENCH, 1759-1832)
A young gentleman, in brown coat, striped waistcoat and knotted cravat, powdered hair; together with a lady, in white décolleté dress, large gold belt set with a cameo of Minerva on pink ground with split-pearl border, cream-coloured stole draped around her shoulders, white silk ribbon tied in her upswept curling powdered hair and falling to her shoulders; sky and cloud background
he signed and dated 'Augustin. 1796.' (mid-left) and she, signed and dated 'Augustin. 1794.' (lower left)
2½ (64 mm.) and 2 5/8 in. (65 mm.) diam., gilt-metal foliate mounts (2)
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For a similar miniature of the same period by Augustin, see Miniatures from the Bruni Tedeschi Collection, Turin, 2005, illustrated in colour no. 12.
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