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Charles Lepec (1830–after 1888)
French, Reux
Boxwood, gilt-metal, painted ivory, mounted on gold velvet in a wooden and metal mounted frame
Panel: 9 1/8 x 4 5/8 in. (23.2 x 11.7 cm); Frame: 18 1/2 x 14 1/4 x 2 1/4 in. (47 x 36.2 x 5.7 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, The James Parker Charitable Foundation Gift, 2010
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 556
Trained as a painter, Charles Lepec is best-known today for his work in enamel. This decorative panel framing the portrait medallion of Mabel Morrison, wife of the English collector Alfred Morrison (1821–1897) and a patron of the artist, illustrates that he was a virtuoso carver as well.
Signature: Panel: signed in carved scroll, "Charles Lepec inv. scvlp."
Miniature: singed and dated: Ch. Lepec 1886

Inscription: Miniature, inscribed at left edge: Mabel
Panel, inscribed in gold at upper right: CESAR/ IMP
Panel, behind the miniature, inscribed in ink: Ce buis / a été compose, dessiné / et sculpté, ainsi que la portrait / en miniature sur ivoire de / Mme Mabel Morrison par / Charles Le Pecq de Tourville / habituellement nommé -/ Charles Lepec, dans sa maison/ de la Croix de Fer, à Reux / arrt de Tout l'Evêque, dept / du Calvados et terminé / dans la 1ere semaine de / Février / de l'an 1887
Panel, inscribed in ink on reverse: Trous / de / Fixage pour / l'exécution / Le Pec
Alfred Morrison ; [ sale, Shapes Auctioneers and Valuers, Edinburgh , October 4, 2008 ] ; [ sale, Christie's, London , September 24, 2009, lot 20 ] ; [ H. Blairman & Sons Ltd. , London, until 2010; sold to MMA ]
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