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Sale of Selected Pictures

by Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood


130 lots | 66 with images

September 9, 2009

St Edmund's Court

Okehampton Street

Exeter, EX4 1DU United Kingdom

Phone: +44 (0)1392 413100

Email: enquiries@bhandl.co.uk

English School mid 19th Century - Miniature

Lot 1: English School mid 19th Century - Miniature

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Description: English School mid 19th Century - Miniature portrait of a gentleman, bust-length, with powdered hair, wearing a blue coat and white stock; a companion portrait of a lady - two, ovals, each 6cm, together with one other 19th century portrait of a young man and a 20th century decorative miniature portrait. (4)

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Augustin Amant Constant Fidele Edouart (1781-1861)

Lot 2: Augustin Amant Constant Fidele Edouart (1781-1861)

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Description: Augustin Amant Constant Fidele Edouart (1781-1861) - A Musical Ensemble - Mr Nicholas Phene Junior, Mr Nicholas Phene Senior and Miss Maria Phene, circa 1828, cut silhouette on card, 27.5 x 42cm., unframed Mr Nicholas Phene (1778-1831) was the son of the Reverend Nicholas Phene minister at Bradford Upon Avon. He practised Law at Melksham near Bath and it was at this time, circa 1828-1830, that Edouart was living between Cheltenham and Bristol. Nicholas Phene junior was born in 1806 and his sister Maria Phene was born in 1810. Inscribed on the reverse of the card "These silhouette portraits are the work of General Edouart of the First Empire Army and were saved from the wreck of the ship "Oneida", in 1850 on her voyage from New York to Le Havre. Sue McKechnie writes in her British Silhouette Artists 1760-1860 that "Edouart was born in Dunkerque in 1789 and managed a china factory in that area at the age of nineteen. He served in the Napoleonic wars and was decorated (four of his brothers died). The exact period of his military service is unknown". His rank of General as referred to above is a puzzle as one assumes his time spent in the Empire Army was a short one. However it is recorded that after Edouarts later career spent in the United States, 1839-49, on his return for England he was shipwrecked. Many of his valuable volumes of duplicates were lost, some 9000 portraits in all!. However it is recorded that fourteen volumes were saved. After a period of rest and recuperation spent with the Lukis family in Guernsey, Edouart went on to Calais. Sadly, he did not return to his silhouette work after the incident.

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English School Circa 1790 - Miniature portrait of

Lot 3: English School Circa 1790 - Miniature portrait of

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Description: English School Circa 1790 - Miniature portrait of a gentleman, head and shoulders with powdered hair, wearing a blue coat, red waistcoat and white stock, sky background - oval 5.5cm, in gold coloured metal frame, together with a silhouette miniature of a young girl and a miniature of a young man. (3)

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Lot 4: Continental School - Miniature of a young man with

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Description: Continental School - Miniature of a young man with drinking glass - oval 7.5cm, together with an English School miniature of a lady, head and shoulders with curling powdered hair. (2)

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Lot 5: Continental School 19/20th Century - Miniature

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Description: Continental School 19/20th Century - Miniature portrait of a fashionable lady in the 18th Century style, half-length seated in a landscape, a pet dog at her feet - 10 x 6cm, within a decorative 'jeweled' frame, together with two other oval miniatures of young ladies. (3)

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