Portrait of a Woman

Artist: Joseph Bordes (French, 1773–after 1835)

Date: 1812

Medium: Ivory

Dimensions: Oval, 4 x 3 1/8 in. (104 x 82 mm)

Classification: Miniatures

Credit Line: The Moses Lazarus Collection, Gift of Josephine and Sarah Lazarus, in memory of their father, 1888–95

Accession Number: 95.14.86

Not on view
Born in Toulon, Bordes studied with Jean-Baptiste Isabey (see for example 62.122.88, 08.60). He sent works to the Paris Salon from 1808 to 1835 and also exhibited in the French provinces. He made some lithographic copies after his own miniatures.

As with another miniature by this artist in The Met’s collection (95.14.51), the last letter of the signature could be read as n rather than s. This, however, was the way in which Joseph Bordes wrote his signature, and the miniature is a representative work by him.

[2016; adapted from Reynolds and Baetjer 1996]
Inscription: Signed and dated (right, in black): Bordes. / 1812.
Moses Lazarus, New York (until d. 1885); his daughters, Josephine and Sarah Lazarus, New York (1885–1888/95)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Four Centuries of Miniature Painting," January 19–March 19, 1950, unnumbered cat. (p. 9).

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "European Miniatures in The Metropolitan Museum of Art," November 5, 1996–January 5, 1997, no. 197.

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, pp. 10, 14, 161, no. 197, ill.