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    Jean Georget (1763 - 1823)

    Louis XVIII, Circa 1820
    Oil on Paris Porcelain
    32-3/4 x 27 inches (83.3 x 68.6 cm)
    signed: 'Georget' middle right


    Jean Georget was an important miniature and porcelain artist in France during the reign of Louis XVIII, a craftsman of the painted face and an artisan at the Sevres ceramic works in France. His most famous work, a magnificently painted La Table des Saisons at Fontainebleu is a masterpiece. In this portrait on Paris porcelain, LOUIS XVIII, Georget captures the monarch in his later years, only four years from his death. Louis had only been restored to the throne for a few years since the defeat of Napoleon and Georget was completing pieces on porcelain with extraordinary quality and detail during the period.

    This portrait was executed during Jean Georget's tenure at Sevres, probably circa 1820 considering the details of the picture. Louis is dressed in a blue velvet frock coat, the sheen of which Georget captures perfectly. The color contrasts are keen as Georget accentuates the gold bullion of the royal epaulets Louis wears on his shoulders, replete with the diamond encrusted royal crown. The finely-detailed jabot Louis wears from his neck, the intricacy of the Legion of Honor medal that extends below the sash and the fine hair extending over the collar are complete. Georget treats the diagonal silk blue sash with such care as to capture the moiré pattern within it, leaving nothing to the viewer's imagination.

    This is a portrait of a royal, a monarch that would help establish a legislature and allow more freedom among the people of post-Napoleonic France. In this contemporary portrait Georget knew that the face must be right. The piercing brown eyes and dominant nose, the corpulent chin, all are done with dignity and regality. Louis surely personally approved of this work as by tradition he presented the work as a gift to Charles of Saxe for his hospitality when Louis was a guest at Rastrelli Palace in Latvia, a time when Louis was in exile during the reign of Napoleon around 1800. This Paris porcelain ¾ - length portrait would have been given to Charles around 1820. The portrait was used in the making of a tapestry at the Gobelins Factory as well.

    Provenance: From Louis XVIII to Charles of Saxe; thence from a royal Austrian family; Christie's, December 16, 2002.

    Illustrated: (La Table des Saisons) Sevres, des Origines a nas Jours. Fribourg, 1978, p.245, pl. LVIII.

    Exhibited: (in Gobelins) Musee National du Chateau de Versailles.


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    ‡ The owner placed a late bid on this unreserved lot and repurchased it, subject to applicable commission.

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    Auction Dates
    October, 2007
    13th Saturday
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