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An attractive portrait miniature of a Lady holding a diary
c. 1795 France
Offered by Ellison Fine Art
in later gilt-metal circular frame.
The sitter is shown emphatically pointing at a small pocket book/diary possibly reminding the viewer of an important future occasion such as as forthcoming engagement of marriage. This symbolism reminds us that miniature portraits were very much tokens of affection.
Perin-Salbreux trained in Paris as a miniaturist under Lemonnier and Sicardi and became friendly with Roslin who suggested that he became a miniature painter. He exhibited at the Salon between 1793 and 98. During the Revolution he returned to Rheims where he took over the factory that his father had left him. As soon as he could he returned to the art of miniature painting and became one of the leading French miniaturists of the 18th century
|Height||7.50 cm||(2.95 inches)|