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Augustin Ritt
1765 - 1799
PORTRAIT OF A LADY, POSSIBLY HELENA VAN EECKOUT, CIRCA 1786
Watercolour and bodycolour on ivory, gilt-metal frame, pearl set boarder, the glaze reverse with hair decoration on opalescent glass;
signed centre right: Ritt
6.8 mm.; 2 3/4 in. diameter
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Provenance

Leo R. Schidlof (1886-1966), London, by 1956,
by family descent;
sale, Geneva, Christie's, 15 November 1994, lot 135

Exhibited

Geneva, Musée d'Art et d'Histoire, Chefs-d'oeuvre de la miniature et de la gouache, 1956, no. 373;
Vienna, Albertina, Mesiterwerke der Europäischen Miniaturmalerei von 1750 bis 1850, 1965, no. 315

Literature

L.R. Schidlof, La miniature en Europe, Graz, 1964, vol. II, pp. 495, 1052. no. 994, vol. IV, illust., pl. 485, no. 994;
G.N. Komelova, Augustin Ritt - Russian Miniaturist, St Petersburg, 2004, p. 168, no. 145, illust.

Catalogue Note

The artist's sitter's book for the years 1781 to 1786 includes a description of a miniature that appears to match the present lot: ‘Helene van Ekhaut en chapeau / de paillé nous le mention / en miniat’). It has been suggested that this portrait was painted in 1786, towards the end of the artists stay in Antwerp. In August of that year he travelled to Paris, where he was to remain until his return to St Petersburg in 1792.

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