Lot n° 200
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PAIR OF LARGE MEDALLIONS REPRESENTING KING... - Lot 200 - Coutau-Bégarie
PAIR OF LARGE MEDALLIONS REPRESENTING KING LOUIS-PHILIPPE AND QUEEN MARIE-AMÉLIE. ROYAL MANUFACTURE OF SÈVRES, CIRCA 1840-1842.
Miniatures painted on porcelain, oval shape, signed Nicolas-Marie Moriot, representing on the left Marie-Amélie Queen of the French, born Princess of Bourbon-Siciles (1782-1866), and on the right King Louis-Philippe (1773-1850), after the portraits made by Franz Xaver Winterhalter. Each portrait is preserved in a beautiful original gilt bronze frame, finely chiseled rectangular shape with foliage branches and a royal crown, with a gilt bronze identification plate at the bottom of each frame bearing the engraved inscription "Souvenir bequeathed by King Louis-Philippe to M. le Duc de Montmorency, 1850". This pair of frames is presented on a blackened wood frame, rectangular in shape, made in 1863 by the House of P. Parra in Paris. In the center appears a gilded bronze plaque with the engraved inscription: "After the death of the Duke of Montmorency in August 1862, these two portraits were given to the Queen of the French at her request. These two portraits were given by Queen Marie-Amélie to Mr le Mis and Mme la Mise de Gontaut in January 1863". Slight wear from the time, but very good general condition. Signature of the moulder : Jean-Claude Leguiller, active from 1810 to 1848.
Miniature : H. : 14,5 cm - W. : 11,5 cm.
Frame : H. : 34 cm - W. : 25 cm.
Support : H. : 34 cm - W. : 68 cm.
History : the two works from which Nicolas-Marie Moriot (1788-1852) was inspired for the execution of the miniatures that we present, were made by Franz Xaver Winterhalter (1805-1873). The full-length portrait of King Louis-Philippe, personally commissioned by the sovereign, was delivered in 1839 for the Musée Historique de Versailles. In this painting, the king appears full-length, wearing the uniform of a lieutenant general: a short black frock coat decorated with a double row of gold embroidered oak leaves on the collar and cuffs, and rich gold thread epaulettes bearing three silver stars on a crescent. The great red cordon of the Legion of Honour is worn on his right shoulder, while he carries the plaque of the Legion of Honour, the Order of St. Louis and the Order of Leopold I of Belgium. The portrait of Queen Marie-Amélie was also commissioned by Louis-Philippe, who asked the artist to do it in 1841. Delivered the following year, it shows the French sovereign, already elderly, in a very dignified pose. She is standing upright, wearing a grey velvet dress, trimmed with white Brussels lace ruffles, which are also found on the kerchief and veil she wears on her head, held in place by a crown of leaves. Unlike the portrait of the king, there is no evocation of royalty here, but a deliberate impression of simplicity.
Provenance: a gift from King Louis-Philippe in 1850 to the 6th Duke of Montmorency (1790-1862), then bequeathed on his death to Queen Marie-Amélie, who gave it to the Marquis and Marquise de Gontaut in 1863.
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