Lot 262: Louis Émile Pinel de Grandchamp (French, 1831
December 3, 2016
New Orleans, LA, USALive Auction
Description: Louis Émile Pinel de Grandchamp (French, 1831-1894), "Portrait of Adelina Helene Ralli (1833-1904)", 1857, oil on canvas, signed, dated and inscribed "Const.ple" mid-left, 46 1/4 in. x 35 1/2 in. (painted oval), period Rococo-Revival giltwood frame. Provenance: The sitter; her grandaughter, Marie Adeline Psiachi (1868-1937); her son, John Howard Lane (b. 1901); his daughter, Janice Lane Young (1930-2015); Estate of Janice Lane Young, Richmond, VA. Note: Louis Émile Pinel de Grandchamp was a student at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Paris and studied under Edouard Picot and Hippolyte Dubois, making his debut in the Salon of 1849 at the young age of 18. Traveling to Egypt and Constantinople, Grandchamp spent many years creating Orientalist style genre scenes, as well as portraits of prominent locals, such as this lovely portrait of Adelina Ralli. Adelina Ralli was the daughter of Adele Wilkinson (1811-1904) and George Ralli (1806-1874). She married John Psiachi (1818-1883), and the couple had a daughter, Marie Louise Psiachi (1868-1937), who married the United States Consul to Turkey, Rufus Walt Lane (1869-1943), in 1898. The Ralli and Psiachi families are buried in the Bornova Anglican cemetery in Izmir, Turkey.