Rare oval plaque painted on porcelain, signed on the right "Sophie Liénard", representing the Queen of the French in bust, three-quarters on the right, inspired by the portrait in feet of Franz-Xaver Winterhalter dated 1842 kept at the Palace of Versailles (inv. MV 5111), with slight variations.
Most likely by the manufacture Rihouët & Lerosey (1824-1853), Paris, around 1845 (without visible mark).
Preserved in its original oval frame in gilt-wood signed at the back by "A. Giroux & Cie".
Good condition, an element missing at the top of the frame.
H. 14 x L. 10,5 cm.
Frame: H. 22,5 x L. 18,5 cm.
French private collection.
- An oval porcelain plaque depicting Queen Marie-Amélie by Sophie Liénard, a slight variant of our model, signed by Lerosey on the back, sold at Christie's London, May 25, 2004, lot 46 (GBP 12.548).
- An oval porcelain plaque depicting King Louis-Philippe by Sophie Liénard, is kept at the Saint Louis Art Museum, Missouri (United States).
- Other oval porcelain plaques by Sophie Liénard, depicting the King, Queen, Duke and Duchess of Orleans, preserved in gilt bronze frames and from the Lawrence sale of 1914, are today preserved in private collections.
Sophie Liénard is a miniaturist painter working on porcelain, established in Paris, at 41 rue de Meslay, and mainly active between 1842 and 1845. Many of her portraits are marked on the reverse by the Rihouët & Lerosey factory, 11 rue de la Paix. His production is characterized by an extreme finesse in the mastery of this delicate technique of painting on porcelain where the vibrant colors give each of his portraits a humanity and a transcendent presence. Sophie Liénard exhibited at the Salon in 1841, 1842 and 1845 by presenting in particular, in 1845, the portrait of the chamberlain of SS Gregory XVI, but it is especially through the orders of Orléans and then of Bonapartes that she distinguished herself. with panache. Our Royal portrait, of large-format, is one of the most famous examples, especially as the artist allows himself some freedom from the usual portraits of Winterhalter.