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Antique 19th c. Framed French Miniature Portrait of Paolina Bonaparte Signed C. Gallon  $950

A very well done Antique 19th Century Framed French Miniature Oval Portrait of Paolina Bonaparte painted on thin retangular ivory slate. The artist name, C. Gallon, is difficult to actually spell / interrupt.

The painting is housed in an old leather covered wood case about 4 1/4" x 5 1/4" with the actual miniature painting about 3 5/8" x 2 5/8". The paint colors are rich / bright and intact - attractively done. There is writing in French on an oval card stock cover that protects the back of the miniature in the frame. The writing suggests it was copied from an enamel in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. The artist name is also written on the card. Overall the cased miniature is quite attractive / appealing with no significant problems.

Paolina Bonaparte (1780-1825) was the second sister of Napoleon I and the first sovereign Duchess of Guastalla in Italy. She was an imperial French princess and the princess and consort of Sulmona and Rossano. She married Charles Leclerc, a French general. She later married Camillo Borghese, the sixth prince of Sulmona. She was the only Bonaparte sibling to visit Napoleon in exile on his principality. 

A very fine item for the miniature collector.


Reverse of Ivory Slate shown above


17th Century (circa 1680) Oil Painting "Lot and His Daughters" by Italian Artist Luca Giordanao (1632-1705)            Price $4000

From a Pinehurst NC art collector purchased at auction in 1997, an oil painting of the Biblical story of Lot and His Daughters attributed to a prolific 17th century artist, Luca Giordano.

The painting depicts in the foreground Lot embracing one of his daughters-both figures shown nude. In the distance is Lot's other daughter standing on the road looking back at Sodom burning on a hill in the background.

The painting, 38" x 25 1/2", is framed in a more modern replica of a Venetian style wood frame. The actual painting size is 22" x 16".

The painting has been relined and overcleaned. Minor touch-up to the figrures' limbs and to the sky in the upper left.

Overall condition is quite good but the canvas appears to have been cut down.


Provenance: Purchased in Germany in 1945 by Major Andrew Anderson. 

Owned by Robert Young and subsequently by John Robinson, both of San Francisco. Sold Dec. 5 1992, Lot 365, by Superior Galleries and later to Pinehurst NC owner in 1997. Retail Replacement Value in 1997 $5000


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