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Fine Antique French Hand Painted Miniature Depicting La Paix Ramenant

Fine Antique French Hand Painted Miniature Depicting La Paix Ramenant

Code: 14026


Fine Antique French Signed Hand Painted Miniature Depicting "La Paix Ramenant L'Abondance" (Peace Bringing Back Abundance ) by Elisabeth-Louise Vigée Le Brun (Paris, 1755 - Paris, 1842). Musée du Louvre

The Frame is by H. Cochard and Stamped at the Back H.Cochard 13 RDU Paris.

The Miniature is Framed by Rich Red Silk and in a French Dore Bronze Rococo Frame with Loop for Hanging and Easel Back for Free Standing.

Élisabeth-Louise Vigée Le Brun (1755-1842), who became a member of the Académie thanks to the support of Queen Marie-Antoinette (1774-1793), presented this painting at her reception at the Académie royale de peinture et de sculpture in 1783. The Académie's reception piece is the work by which the applicant provides proof of his talent to his peers. The allegorical subject is related to history painting, which was the noblest in the hierarchy of genres established by the Académie and traditionally reserved for men.

With the American Revolution just ended, the artist’s choice was timely. The future is symbolized by Peace, on the right, who is ushering in Abundance with her cornucopia of fruit.

Peace, dressed in a brown tunic and blue cloak, wears her traditional attributes: the laurel wreath and the olive branch. Abundance is a young blond woman, coiffed with roses and dressed in a golden drapery, holding ears of wheat alongside her traditional fruit-filled horn. The choice of subject is symbolic, with Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun proving not only her expertise in the noble historical genre, but also her ability to match her male colleagues on their own turf.

SIZE of Miniature Only W: 9.5cm (3.7")H: 8.5cm (3.3")

SIZE Including Frame W: 18cm (7.1")H: 15cm (5.9")

CONDITION: Good, No Chips or Cracks