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Portrait miniature of a young Lady, wearing blue bodice with gauze scarf, her powdered hair adorned with silk ribbon, 1780 

Louis-Marie Sicardi (1746-1825)

Portrait miniature of a young Lady, wearing blue bodice with gauze scarf, her powdered hair adorned with silk ribbon, 1780, Louis-Marie Sicardi
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Watercolour on ivory
18th Century
Oval, 2in (49mm) high
 
Provenance:
Collection of Madame X, Hotel Drouot, Paris, 8th April 1919, lot 86
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Louis-Marie Sicardi began his career in Bordeaux, where he became a member of the Academy, moving to Paris in 1773. In Paris he became the court painter, working largely for Marie Antoinette, producing portrait miniatures to be presented as diplomatic gifts.

This portrait dates to the 1780s, when Sicardiís patrons demanded miniatures that could be set into boxes or jewellery. During the Revolution and under the Empire Sicardi retained his exclusive clientele whilst not obtaining commissions directly from the court. Although he rarely signed, his work is extremely distinctive and of a consistent high quality
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