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JÉRÔME NAPOLÉON, KING OF WESTPHALIA

An enamel miniature of Jérôme, King of Westphalia, Salomon Guillaume Counis, circa 1810
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JÉRÔME NAPOLÉON, KING OF WESTPHALIA

An enamel miniature of Jérôme, King of Westphalia, Salomon Guillaume Counis, circa 1810
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An enamel miniature of Jérôme, King of Westphalia, Salomon Guillaume Counis, circa 1810
oval, wearing the white uniform with black and gold trimming of the 1st Westphalian Line Infantry Regiment, the gold epaulettes of a colonel, and the sash, star and badge of the Legion of Honour, gold bezel, later openwork border set with pearls and coloured green stones, mounted on a rectangular plush-covered panel with easel strut

MN 11432
GN 262


miniature 5 x 3.9 cm
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Provenance

Jerome Napoléon, King of Westphalia (1784-1860);
Prince Napoléon, 'Plon-Plon' (1822-1891);
Prince Victor Napoléon (1862-1926);
Prince Louis Napoléon (1914-1997)

Catalogue Note

Salomon Guillaume Counis (1785–1859) initially studied enamelling for bijouterie in the city of his birth, Geneva, before moving to Paris in 1806 to work in the studio of Anne Louis Girodet. In 1810 he exhibited at the Salon for the first time – ‘Plusieurs portraits peints sur émail’ (Livret no. 1128) and ‘Portrait en émail de S.M. le Roi de Westphalie, d’après Gérard’ (Livret no. 226). Baron Gérard introduced him to Elisa Baciocchi, Napoléon's eldest sister, Grand Duchess of Tuscany, who invited him to Florence and appointed him painter to the court. After the fall of Napoléon, Counis moved to Geneva and later to Paris, where his patrons included the Duchess of Berry.

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