A wonderful portrait miniature, painted on organic wafer, by Andre Larue, known as Mansion. The sitter is a beautiful young woman wearing an off the shoulder dress with lace trim and bows and holding a black shawl as she leans against a red pillow on red sofa. Displayed in a later, but very nice, wood frame with a bronze liner.
The condition of this stunning piece is superb, with no cracks, paint loss, bowing, or restoration. The sight size is 4 5/8" by 3 5/8", while the framed size is 6 7/8" by 5 7/8".
Andre Leon Larue (called Mansion) was born in Nancy in 1785. He was trained by his father, Jacques Larue and by Jean-Baptiste Isabey, Napolean's Court Painter. Larue worked as a colorist for the French-born photographer, Antoine Claudet (1797-1867), for many years. At some unknown time, Larue began using the name â€œMansionâ€ as his working name. He is listed as â€œL. Mansionâ€ in Algernon Gravesâ€™ â€œA Dictionary of Artists Who Have Exhibited in the Principal London Exhibitions from 1760 to 1893." He exhibited at the Paris Salon and also at the Royal Academy in London. He is also known for writing two books on coloring and miniature paintings. Mansion died in Paris around 1843.
According to most critics and biographers, Mansion was one of the best miniaturists of the 19th century, and was also unsurpassed as a colorist. His work is in the Royal Collection and many of the world's greatest museums.