Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Portrait of a Woman

Artist:
Swiss Painter (ca. 1780)
Medium:
Enamel
Dimensions:
Oval, 1 3/4 x 1 3/8 in. (44 x 35 mm)
Classification:
Miniatures
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Louis V. Bell, in memory of her husband, 1925
Accession Number:
25.106.34
Not on view
Various opinions have been expressed about this enamel portrait of about 1780. In 1977 Richard Allen attributed it to the French artist Jean-Baptiste Weyler (1747–1791). Hermione Waterfield considered it to be a product of the Swiss school. The handling, which is sfumato and without strong accents, appears to have more affinity with the style of the followers of Jean Etienne Liotard (1702–1789) in Switzerland than with the French artist Weyler. Most recently, Fabienne Sturm of the Musée de l'horlogerie, Geneva, and Hans Boeckh have suggested that it is an early work of the Geneva enameler Louis Ami Arlaud, called Arlaud-Jurine (1751–1829). And Haydn Williams notes similarity to the style of Jean Théodore Perrache (born 1744–died after 1789).

The enamel is set in the lid of a yellow tortoiseshell snuffbox with gold mounts. Inside the box is a blue-edged stock label inscribed in ink 118 / Email sf / boite ecaille / blonde.

[2016; adapted from Reynolds and Baetjer 1996]
Mrs. Louis V. Bell (until 1925)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "European Miniatures in The Metropolitan Museum of Art," November 5, 1996–January 5, 1997, no. 276.

Fabienne Xavière Sturm. Letter to Katharine Baetjer. December 11, 1995, with Hans Boeckh, suggests that it is an early work of the Geneva enameler Louis Ami Arlaud, called Arlaud-Jurine (1751–1829), painted between 1780 and 1785.

Graham Reynolds with the assistance of Katharine Baetjer. European Miniatures in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1996, p. 194, no. 276, ill. p. 195, date it about 1780 and note that "the handling, which is sfumato and without strong accents, appears to have more affinity with the style of the followers of Jean Étienne Liotard (1702–1789) in Switzerland than with the French artist Weyler".

Haydn Williams. Letter. January 4, 1996, states that it "looks quite like the work of Jean Théodore Perrache".



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