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An ivory miniature of Joséphine, Empress of the French, by Paolo Ferdinando Luigi Quaglia, circa 1810
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PROPERTY OF A DIRECT DESCENDANT OF THE BONAPARTE FAMILY

An ivory miniature of Joséphine, Empress of the French, by Paolo Ferdinando Luigi Quaglia, circa 1810
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An ivory miniature of Joséphine, Empress of the French, by Paolo Ferdinando Luigi Quaglia, circa 1810
oval, the empress wearing a silver-embroidered white dress, a two-strand pearl necklace, pearl earrings and gold-mounted turquoise demi-parure, later gilt-metal mount, rectangular ebonised wood easel frame

MN 4212


miniature 4.4 x 2.8 cm
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Provenance

Eugénie, Empress of the French (1826-1920);
Prince Victor Napoléon (1862-1926);
Prince Louis Napoléon (1914-1997)

Literature

Related Literature:

Chiara Parisio, Ferdinando Quaglia, 1780–1853, da Piacenza a Parigi, Brescia, 2012

Catalogue Note

Paolo Ferdinando Luigi Quaglia, born in Piacenza in 1780, commenced his studies in his hometown, furthering them in Palma, under Gaetano Callini, and later in Florence. At the beginning of the new century he moved to Milan, drawn by the prospect of patronage at the Napoléonic court. The present miniature is an example of one of the iconic portraits Quaglia created of the empress. Several autograph replicas are known, including one formerly in the collection of Stéphanie de Beauharnais in the Napoleonmuseum, Arenenberg (inv. no. 1214, Parisio, cat. no. 13 (other versions nos 14-17)). The image was also reproduced on porcelain, witness a Dihl plaque in the collection of the Musée national des Châteaux de Malmaison et Bois-Préau (inv. no. M.M. 70.12.1) and a Paris (Dihl et Guerhard) gold-ground imperial portrait cup and stand from the Lothian collection, sold Sotheby’s London, 28 March 2017, lot 429.

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