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Late 17th century enamel portrait miniature of a gentleman in purple robes


Artist: Pierre Huaud

wearing blue silk gown and purple silk cloak, lace cravat tied with red bow, full bottomed curling wig
signed and dated on the counter-enamel 'P. Huaud l'aisné pinxit à Geneue 1682 -'
enamel on gold
in gold mount, the outer pierced border entwined with seed pearls

Pierre II Huaud was the eldest of three sons of the Geneva enameller Pierre I. In 1685 he left Geneva for Berlin, returning to his home town one year later. He was appointed miniature painter to Elector Frederick III of Brandenburg 1691. It has generally been accepted that his talent was superior to that of both his father and his two young brothers Jean -Pierre and Ami.

For another miniature by this artist painted in Geneva see S. Coffin/B Hofstetter, The Gilbert Collection-Portraits in Enamel, London, 2000, no. 27
More Information
Year                 1682.
Medium                 enamel on gold.
Signed                 signed and dated on the counter-enamel 'P. Huaud l'aisné pinxit à Geneue
Provenance                 A Castle in Switzerland; Sotheby's, London, 2 November 1970, lot 61 (£95 to P. Charlesworth).
Christie's, London, 2 November 1971, lot 44.
Weinmüller, Munich, 10 May 1973, lot 1445 (3,200 DEM).
Condition                 Firing crack to face
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