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The Pohl-Ströher Collection of Portrait Miniatures Part I

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Jean Antoine Laurent
BACCARAT 1763 - 1832 EPINAL
PORTRAIT OF A WRITER, CIRCA 1795
Watercolour and bodycolour on ivory, gilt-metal frame;
signed lower left: Laurent
104 mm. Diam.
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Provenance

By descent within the artist's family until Madame Chabert, 1906;
David David-Weill (1871-1952), inv. no. 732, until 1936;
with Wildenstein, Paris;
Sir Charles Clore (1905-1979);
his executor's sale, London, Sotheby's, 10 November 1986, lot 22

Exhibited

Paris, 1906, no. 43;
London, 1961, no. 125;
London, 1968, no. 950 

Literature

Bouchot, 1907, p. 190 (as a Portrait of the artist's brother);
Bouchot, 1910, p. 249 (as a Portrait of the artist's brother);
Demonts, 1922, p. 51 (as a Self-portrait);
Gillet, et al., 1957, p. 210, no. 125;
Schidlof, 1964, vol. I, p. 471 (as a Portrait of the artist's brother 'excellent');
Friesen, 2001, p. 415, no. 212 

Catalogue Note

This portrait is an early example of the romantic writer, seen working alone in his garret.  

The Pohl-Ströher Collection of Portrait Miniatures Part I

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