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Belle Epoque
L'Extase - 19th Century French Belle Epoque Portrait Oil Painting
£19950

This is a large fine 19th century oil painting portrait of a young society beauty depicted en déshabillé by the eminent French Academic painter Charles Joshua Chaplin (1825-1891). ‘L’Extase’ is inscribed by the artist verso and sold in a superb quality, newly commissioned, bespoke gold metal leaf neoclassical frame. As one of his most popular paintings, Chaplin painted several versions of this same portrait but this is the finest example I have come across.

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. Clients should also note that tracked and signed for international shipping is complimentary.

Chaplin’s celebrated portraits of young Belle Epoque beauties are reminiscent of the 18th century romanticism of Thomas Gainsborough (1727-1788) and François Boucher (1703–1770) and 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) 92cm x 68cm (36¼” x 26¾”)
Dimensions: (canvas only) 73cm x 49cm (28¾” x 19¼”)
Medium: Oil on canvas.
Provenance: Private UK collection.
Presentation: Newly commissioned bespoke gold metal leaf frame. All of the new frames we commission are especially made for us to order by one of the UK’s top period frame makers.
Condition: Excellent. Newly professionally cleaned, restored, and re-varnished. Ready to hang.

Artists: Charles Joshua Chaplin 1825-1991
La Coquette - 19th Century French Belle Epoque Portrait of Parisienne Girl
£8950

‘La Coquette’ by Virgilio Tojetti (1851-1901). The painting -which depicts a young brunette reclining in a lavender chiffon wrap – is signed by the artist ‘Virgilio Tojetti, Rome’ and hangs in a superb quality gold metal leaf frame.

 

As with all of the original antique oil paintings we sell it is offered in excellent condition, having just been professionally cleaned, restored and re-varnished. Clients should also note that tracked and signed for international shipping is complimentary.

 

Italian-born painter Virgilio Tojetti moved to Paris in the 1860s to study with Jean-Léon Gérôme and William Bouguereau. In 1870 he moved to live and work in the US, first in San Francisco, before settling in New York in 1883 where he painted important murals in the Savoy Hotel and Hoffman House. He exhibited with the Boston Art Club, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and the Brooklyn Art Association. Tojetti’s work was also much in demand back in Rome where he was commissioned by both Pope Gregory XVI and Pius IX.

 

Dimensions: (framed) 69cm x 79cm (27” x 31”)

Dimensions: (canvas only) 51cm x 61cm (20” x 24”)

Medium: Oil on canvas.

Provenance: Fine private collection of Pittsburgh family.

Presentation: Newly commissioned bespoke gold metal leaf frame. All of the new frames we commission are especially made for us to order by one of the UK’s top period frame makers.

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

Artists: Virgilio Tojetti 1851-1901
The Lute Player - 19th Century French Impressionist Nude Portrait Oil Painting
£9950

The Lute Player’ by Jacques Martin (1844-1910). This large 19th century French oil painting is signed by the artist and presented in a superb quality, newly commissioned, gold metal leaf Post-Impressionist frame. For centuries the lute has featured as a powerful symbol of female sexuality in European art, the word lute – or “luit” – being Flemish for vagina.

 

As with all of the original antique oil paintings we sell it is offered in excellent condition, having just been professionally cleaned, restored and re-varnished. Clients should also note that tracked and signed for international shipping is complimentary.

 

Born in Lyon, Jacques Martin was a pupil of François Vernay who was an important artist in the development of many Impressionist painters from the South of France. Pierre Puvis de Chavannes was one of Martin’s first admirers.

 

From 1881 Jacques Martin exhibited at numerous salons in Lyon and Paris, and was notably one of the artists selected to exhibit at the Universal Exhibition of 1894. Martin developed a free Impressionist style similar to that of his contemporary Auguste Renoir, especially in his portrayal of the female nude. In 1904 he founded the Salon d’Automne in Lyon and exhibited at the International Exhibition of Fine Arts of 1914.

 

Dimensions: (framed) 91cm x 111cm (35¾” x 43¾”)

Dimensions: (canvas only) 73cm x 93cm (28¾” x 36¾”)

Medium: Oil on canvas.

Provenance: Private French collection.

Presentation: Newly commissioned bespoke gold metal leaf frame. All of the new frames we commission are especially made for us to order by one of the UK’s top period frame makers.

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

 

 

Artists: Jacques Martin 1844-1910
Belle Epoque
L'Extase - 19th Century French Belle Epoque Portrait Oil Painting
This is a large fine 19th century oil painting portrait of a young society beauty depicted en déshabillé by the eminent French Academic painter Charles Joshua Chaplin (1825-1891). ‘L’Extase’ is inscribed by the artist verso and s... Read More
Artists: Charles Joshua Chaplin 1825-1991
£19950
La Coquette - 19th Century French Belle Epoque Portrait of Parisienne Girl
‘La Coquette’ by Virgilio Tojetti (1851-1901). The painting -which depicts a young brunette reclining in a lavender chiffon wrap – is signed by the artist ‘Virgilio Tojetti, Rome’ and hangs in a superb quality gold metal leaf f... Read More
Artists: Virgilio Tojetti 1851-1901
£8950
The Lute Player - 19th Century French Impressionist Nude Portrait Oil Painting
‘The Lute Player’ by Jacques Martin (1844-1910). This large 19th century French oil painting is signed by the artist and presented in a superb quality, newly commissioned, gold metal leaf ... Read More
Artists: Jacques Martin 1844-1910
£9950