Pair of miniature portraits of a man with a white tie and a blue coat and a lady with a veil. XVIII ° century Miniature on ivory
A delicate pair of portrait miniatures. The blue tint is the link between these two portraits. The gentleman’s blue velvet garment takes up the blue of the lady’s belt ribbon. The hairstyles are detailed, the curls of Madame, protected by the veil of embroidered muslin, connects us to the fashion of the Executive Board.
The elegant women of 1797 followed the fashion of the time: the Marvelous, borrowing from pagan antiquity, pretended to dress or rather undress in the Greek or Roman style, their toilet consisting mainly of coats, costumes, tunics in the Greek style. Mythology being the order of the day, there were tunics « à la Cérès » and « à la Minerva », frock coats « à la Galathée », dresses « à la Flore », « à la Diane », « à la at the Omphale. Made of light and even diaphanous fabrics. Their hair was short and curly, like that of Roman busts.
The miniature portrait is the art of reproducing the portrait of a person on a small surface. He can decorate personal objects (ring, bracelet, snuffbox, dance card, etc.) and use different mediums and painting and drawing techniques. This art appears around 1520.
The miniature is offered as a testimony of love or friendship. Historically, miniature painters have played on the ambiguous definition of their art, by fashion or to escape the constraints of corporations. Their works are rarely signed.
It is only around 1700 that the ivory sheet appears in the history of the miniature. Its use was introduced by the Venetian Rosalba Carriera (1673-1757), known for her vaporous pastels. The qualities of the new support are quickly appreciated in several European countries (England, Netherlands, Germany). The light tones exploit the transparencies of the watercolor to bring out the whiteness of the eburnian support. French miniaturists continued to prefer vellum until after the arrival in France of Pierre Adolphe Hall (1739-1793), a miniaturist of Swedish origin who settled in Paris in 1766 and revolutionized the art of miniature in France. by the systematic use of ivory. This new medium dominates production at the end of the 18th and throughout the 19th century.
Diameter 7 cm