Lot 83
  • 83

CONTINENTAL SCHOOL Portrait of a lady, called Madame Récamier (1777-1849)

3,000 - 5,000 GBP
3,750 GBP
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  • Continental School
  • Portrait of a lady, called Madame Récamier (1777-1849)
  • watercolour and bodycolour on ivory, held in a red leather case;
    bears signature: Isabey


Edward Grosvenor Paine (1911-1994);
his sale, London, Christie’s, 28 October 1980, lot 20 (as 'Reclining nude')

Catalogue Note

It has been suggested that this seductive portrait miniature may depict one of the great beauties of Napoleonic France; the celebrated Madame Récamier. Born Juliette Bernard, she was the daughter of a Lyonnais notary. In 1792 she moved to Paris with her family and that same year married a successful financier Jacques-Rose Recamier, who was thirty years her senior. She became a great hostess and her salon, at the Rue du Mont-Blanc, attracted the most important political, artistic and literary figures of the day. Most were captivated by her wit, her voluptuous charm and above all her sensational beauty.

The present work was once owned by Edward Grosvenor Paine who formed an important collection of portrait miniatures.