25 May 2004
SOPHIE LIÉNARD (FRENCH, FL. C. 1842 - AFTER 1860)
Marie-Amélie (1773-1850), Queen of the French, in blue dress with deep lace collar, blue satin bow tied at corsage, four strand pearl necklace, blue flowers, foliage and long lace veil in her curled powdered hair
signed 'S. Liénard.' (lower right)
on Paris porcelain from the Rihouët & Lerosey factory
oval, 5 3/16 in. (132 mm.) high, gilt-bronze easel frame with ribbon and bow cresting
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The reverse of the plaque indicates the porcelain factory: 'LeRosey - XI Rue delapaix Paris'.
This miniature is copied after Franz Xaver Winterhalter's full-length portrait of 1842, now in the Museum of Versailles (inv. no. MV5111).
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Offered to benefit a new scholarship initiative from Bennington College, this work distils the unique form of abstraction for which the artist would become famous
Ahead of the sale of portraits of four different muses, we focus on the women the artist came to depend on so passionately