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Parisian Beauty in a Blue Dress - 19th Century French Belle Epoque Portrait of Young Girl
£5950
Parisian Beauty in a Blue Dress - 19th Century French Belle Epoque Portrait of Young Girl Image

This is a very large fine 19th century oil on canvas depicting a beautiful young woman reclining on a chaise in an opulent salon by the distinguished French artist Augustine Damourette (1879-1890). The painting is signed and dated 1882. It is sold here in a magnificent antique French water gilded frame.

As with all of the original antique oil paintings we sell it is offered in the very finest condition it can be for its age, having just been professionally cleaned and re-varnished.

Augustine Damourette was born in Nantes in 1837 and, alongside John Singer Sargent and Paul Hellau, studied under the famous French portrait artist Carolus Duran. Augustine Damourette exhibited at the Paris Salon for the first time in 1879, and went on to become a successful painter of glamourous Parisian society beauties.

Please be aware that this large antique oil painting hangs in a very heavy water-gilded frame and is not suitable for hanging on a weak or stud wall.

Dimensions: (framed) 114cm x 83cm (45” x 32¾”)
Dimensions: (canvas only) 81cm x 54cm (32” x 21¼”)
Medium: Oil on canvas.
Provenance: Private UK collection. Various old French auction inscriptions, and label verso.
Presentation: Fine 19th century French water gilded frame.
Condition: Very good. Newly professionally cleaned and re-varnished. Ready to hang.

Artists:Augustine Damourette fl.1879-1890
Belle Femme en Déshabillé - 19th Century French Belle Epoque Portrait of Society Beauty
£39950
Belle Femme en Déshabillé - 19th Century French Belle Epoque Portrait of Society Beauty Image

This is a large fine 19th century oil painting portrait of a young society beauty captured in semi-undress by the eminent French Academic painter Charles Joshua Chaplin (1825-1891). ‘Belle Femme en Déshabillé’ is signed by the artist and sold in a superb quality newly commissioned bespoke gold metal leaf neoclassical frame. The painting is in my opinion one of the artist’s most striking three-quarter length portraits, and certainly captures one of his most attractive sitters.

 

As with all of the original antique oil paintings we sell it is offered in the very finest condition it can be for its age having been professionally cleaned and re-varnished.

 

Chaplin’s celebrated portraits of young women are reminiscent of the 18th century romanticism of Thomas Gainsborough (1727-1788) and François Boucher (1703–1770) but his subjects are nevertheless recognisable as more modern Belle Epoque women. The critical and commercial success of Chaplin’s beautifully lit portraits of sensual young women captured en déshabillé established him as one of the foremost French academic painters of the period.

 

By the late 1850’s Chaplin was being inundated with commissions from the French aristocracy requesting portraits of their wives and daughters. Empress Eugénie, wife of Napoleon III, was also a big fan and appointed him an artist of the court. Her and her husband’s enthusiastic support would soon come in especially useful when, in 1859, the Chaplin’s portrait ‘Aurora’ was banned by the judges of the Salon for being “too erotically suggestive”. The disqualification order was subsequently overturned when Napoleon III himself sprung to Chaplin’s defence.

 

During his lifetime Chaplin was awarded numerous medals at the Paris Salon and in 1865 he was declared a Chevalier and later Officer of la Légion d’Honneur (1881). Today, works by Charles Chaplin are held in the collections of the Louvre in Paris, the Hermitage in St Petersburg, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

 

Dimensions: (framed) 90cm x 65cm (35½” x 25½”)

Dimensions: (canvas only) 72cm x 47cm (28¼” x 18½”)

Medium: Oil on canvas.

Provenance: Private UK collection.

Presentation: Fine gold metal leaf swept frame.

Condition: Excellent. Newly professionally cleaned and re-varnished. Ready to hang.

Artists:Charles Joshua Chaplin 1825-1991
Madeleine - Young Victorian Edwardian Society Beauty 1901
£49950
Madeleine - Young Victorian Edwardian Society Beauty 1901 Image

This is a very large fine Victorian oil painting depicting a young society beauty at the turn of the 19th century by the eminent French Royal Academy and Paris Salon painter Jean-Joseph Benjamin-Constant (1845-1902). ‘Madeleine’ is signed by the artist, and also titled and dated 1901. This important full-length portrait by one of the world’s foremost society painters of the period hangs in a newly commissioned bespoke gold metal leaf neoclassical frame.

As with all of the original antique oil paintings we sell it is offered in the very finest condition it can be for its age having been newly professionally cleaned and re-varnished.

In the final quarter of the 19th century Jean-Joseph Benjamin-Constant was one of the world’s leading painters of Orientalist scenes and society portraits – the favourite artist of the English aristocracy – whose patrons included Queen Victoria and the Pope. North American tycoons queued-up with patriarchs of the English nobility to commission portraits of their wives and daughters. The full-length portrait being sold here being a superb example.

Today, the rich and famous dream of being photographed by Mario Testino or Annie Leibovitz, back in 1900 they wanted to be painted by Benjamin-Constant, and his society portraits brilliantly convey the individual personality of the sitter.

Jean-Joseph Benjamin-Constant was awarded a gold medal at the Paris Salon in 1896, made a commander of the Legion d’Honneur, and with Jean-Léon Gérôme foundered the Société des Peintres Orientalistes Français. Paintings by Benjamin-Constant are held in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, and the Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg.

Dimensions: (framed) 150cm x 116cm (59” x 45¾”)
Dimensions: (canvas only) 131cm x 98cm (51½” x 38½”)
Medium: Oil on canvas.
Provenance: Private UK collection.
Presentation: Fine gold metal leaf neoclassical swept frame.
Condition: Excellent. Professionally cleaned and re-varnished. Ready to hang.

Artists:Jean-Joseph Benjamin-Constant 1845-1902
Declaration of Love - 19th Century French Academic Salon Oil Painting of Paris Beauty
£44950
Declaration of Love - 19th Century French Academic Salon Oil Painting of Paris Beauty Image

This is a fine 19th century oil on canvas depicting an elegant Parisienne beauty in an opulent salon interior contemplating the contents of a love letter by the celebrated French painter Auguste Toulmouche 1829-1890. ‘Declaration of Love’ is signed by the artist and dated 1879. The painting hangs is a fine quality Louis XV design giltwood frame.

As with all of the original antique oil paintings we sell it is offered in excellent condition, having just been professionally cleaned and re-varnished.

Alongside his equally successful contemporaries Alfred Stevens 1823-1906 and Charles Soulacroix 1825-1879, Auguste Toulmouche became famous for his detailed depictions of richly clad young women in luxurious Paris interiors.

Toulmouche first exhibited at the Paris Salon in 1848, winning the first of many medals. Four years later his fame was secured when his painting ‘La Fille’ was purchased by the emperor Napoleon III. Auguste Toulmouche was awarded the Legion d’Honneur in 1870.

Dimensions: (framed) 62cm x 40cm (24¼” x 15¾”)
Dimensions: (canvas only) 78cm x 56cm (30½” x 22”)
Medium: Oil on canvas.
Provenance: Private US collection.
Presentation: Fine Louis XV design giltwood frame.
Condition: Excellent. Newly professionally cleaned and re-varnished. Ready to hang.

Artists:Auguste Toulmouche 1829-1890,
Belle Epoque
Parisian Beauty in a Blue Dress - 19th Century French Belle Epoque Portrait of Young Girl Image
Parisian Beauty in a Blue Dress - 19th Century French Belle Epoque Portrait of Young Girl
This is a very large fine 19th century oil on canvas depicting a beautiful young woman reclining on a chaise in an opulent salon by the distinguished French artist Augustine Damourette (1879-1890). The painting is signed and dated 1882. ... Read More
Artists:Augustine Damourette fl.1879-1890
£5950
Belle Femme en Déshabillé - 19th Century French Belle Epoque Portrait of Society Beauty Image
Belle Femme en Déshabillé - 19th Century French Belle Epoque Portrait of Society Beauty
This is a large fine 19th century oil painting portrait of a young society beauty captured in semi-undress by the eminent French Academic painter Charles Joshua Chaplin (1825-1891). ‘Belle Femme ... Read More
Artists:Charles Joshua Chaplin 1825-1991
£39950
Madeleine - Young Victorian Edwardian Society Beauty 1901 Image
Madeleine - Young Victorian Edwardian Society Beauty 1901
This is a very large fine Victorian oil painting depicting a young society beauty at the turn of the 19th century by the eminent French Royal Academy and Paris Salon painter Jean-Joseph Benjamin-Constant (1845-1902). ‘Madeleine’ is s... Read More
Artists:Jean-Joseph Benjamin-Constant 1845-1902
£49950
Declaration of Love - 19th Century French Academic Salon Oil Painting of Paris Beauty Image
Declaration of Love - 19th Century French Academic Salon Oil Painting of Paris Beauty
This is a fine 19th century oil on canvas depicting an elegant Parisienne beauty in an opulent salon interior contemplating the contents of a love letter by the celebrated French painter Auguste Toulmouche 1829-1890. ‘Declaration of Lo... Read More
Artists:Auguste Toulmouche 1829-1890,
£44950