Painted by Louis Francois Aubry with watercolor and gouache on organic wafer, this portrait miniature combines the superb skills of the artist with the radiant beauty of a young woman. The sitter, with hazel eyes and curly black hair, is wearing a deep navy velvet jacket over a white dress with a fancy lace ruffled collar. Completing her ensemble is a long double looped gold chain. Note the shadow, on the white dress, of the bottom loop of the chain, exemplifying the care and evolved technique that Aubry uses in his works.
The condition of the painting is excellent, with no chips, cracks, or restoration (the scattered white dots on the face, eye, and hair are dust on the camera lens, and are not on the mini or glass). Sight size is 3" by 2 5/8". There is a chip to the upper right corner of the veneer on the frame, which has a gilt bronze liner and appears to be original, and measures 5 7/8" by 4 1/2".
BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE: Aubry was born in Paris in 1767, and after studying under Lois-Jean-Jacques Durameau, Francois-Andres Vuncent, and Jean-Baptiste Isabey, became one of the most celebrated miniaturists of the early 19th century. He exhibited miniatures at the Salon between 1799 and 1838, including highly praised portraits of the King and Queen of Westphalia at the Salon of 1810. In 1832 he became a chevalier of the Legion d'Honneur. Various contemporary critics and biographers have stated
that his works were of "remarkable quality, with clear, bright coloration and precise rendering of textures," and that "in his best pieces Aubry can compete with almost any great artist of his day." Many of the miniaturists of his period, became important artists, including Millet, Saint, Meuret and others. Aubry died in 1851.