Lot 47
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AN ENAMEL MINIATURE, SALOMON GUILLAUME COUNIS, SIGNED: COUNIS, CIRCA 1810 | An enamel miniature, Salomon Guillaume Counis, signed: Counis, circa 1810

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  • Signé: Counis
  • ivory, gold, pearls, gem stones
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 11432GN 262


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. In 1830, precipitated perhaps by the July Revolution, he moved again, finally settling in Florence. In 1842 he published Quelques souvenirs suivis d’une dissertation sur l’émail, sur la porcelain et d’un traité à l’usage du peintre en émail, which he had written some eleven years earlier.