22 May 2009
PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF NEIL AND SHARON PHILLIPS
TWO FRENCH PORTRAIT MINIATURES
THE FIRST MARK OF SIMON ACHILLE LEGER, PARIS, 1815-1826; THE SECOND CIRCA 1775, THE MINIATURE SIGNED 'BOUTON'
The first in gold book-form locket, the rectangular locket with sliding front cover, the back and front cover with engine-turning within stiff-leaf borders, the interior with glazed oval panel with stippled mat with laurel leaves and berries, the miniature depicting Louis XVI, wearing the breast-star of the French Order of the Saint-Esprit, locket marked inside cover, miniature apparently unsigned; the second in vari-color gold frame, oval, the subject wearing gilt-studded armor and wearing a breast-star, signed to the right Bouton p., the metal back of frame with hinge and lug for locket, now missing
The first 1¾ in. (4.5 cm.) long; the second 1 7/8 in. (4.7 cm.) long (2)
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The second with signature possibly that of Guillaume Gabriel Bouton (1730-1782).
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