A beautifully painted miniature portrait, on natural organic material, with an attribution to Pauline Augustin. The sitter, a young gentleman of strong presence with brown eyes and long flowing brown hair, is attired in a black coat, with white stock, vest, and shirt. The photograph does not do any justice to the quality of this piece.
The sight size is 4 5/8" by 4" and the framed size is 7 1/4" by 6 5/8". The condition is excellent with no issues or flaws. Housed in a later burlwood and ebonized frame with a brass liner.
BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE: Pauline Augustin (nee Du Cruet) was born in Paris in 1781. She entered the studio of Jean-Baptiste-Jacque Augustin (1759 - 1832) who was a Chevalier of the Legion of Honor, had a series of royal appointments, and was named Premier Painter of Miniatures to Louis XVIII. She was considered the most talented of all his many students. They married in 1800. It is probable that she collaborated with her husband on at least some of their miniatures. Mme Augustin survived her husband by 33 years.
Highly regarded, Mme Augustin exhibited at the Paris salons, and her works are now in The Cincinnati Art Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and numerous European museums and collections.