Lot 259: Narcisse Garnier (French)
December 3, 2016
New Orleans, LA, USALive Auction
Description: Narcisse Garnier (French, late 18th/early 19th c.), "Portrait de Femme Coifée d'un Turban", 1810, oil on canvas, signed and dated "fecit 1810" lower right, printed label in French with title and artist identified as "Elève de David [Student of David]" en verso, 25 1/2 in. x 21 in., period gilt frame. Note: Narcisse Garnier painted in the Neoclassical style, adopting techniques in portraiture similar to those used by his teacher, Jacques-Louis David (1748-1825). Garnier was commissioned to paint both posthumous depictions of historical figures as well as contemporary French aristocrats, such as Baron Carl Mayer von Rothschild. The lovely woman depicted in the current lot wears the height of Empire era fashion. The square-neck dress with short, puffed sleeves and high waistline were all aspects of this famous style. In 1809, stronger colors such as reds and greens came into popularity. The patterned shawl and turban-like headdress here were inspired by clothing worn in India and show an increased interest in the exotic in early 19th century fashion.