E&H Manners at Masterpiece London
Royal Hospital Chelsea
Masterpiece London is one of the world's leading multidisciplinary art fairs, offering the finest works of art, design, furniture and jewellery, from antiquity to the present day.
For the first time in three years, we are dusting off our suits and polishing our shoes. We are looking forward to seeing old friends and new, and talking ceramics, solidly, for a week! We are excited about the treasures that we have unearthed, and can't wait to show them to you!
ANNE OF CLEVES, Marie-Victoire Jaquotot (1772-1855), Enamelled on porcelain
In 1826 Marie-Victoire Jaquotot referred to this plaque as an example of a perfect firing and Alexandre Brongniart, the director of Sèvres, described it as one of her masterpieces (Lajoix, p.134). It emerged from the muffle kiln at Sèvres on the 6th of April 1825 and was exhibited at the Paris Salon of 1827 in the gilt-bronze frame specially designed for it.
In the Journal des Artistes, Alexandre Lenoir, notes its presence at the 1827 exhibition: “Next comes the portrait of Anne de Boulen, which she imitated from the famous Jean Holbein, …. In this perfect imitation of the German painter, we admire the freshness of the colouring, the accuracy of the drawing and the impassive expression of the unfortunate victim of the English despot. One notices the vivacity of the eyes, the beauty of the hands, as well as the perfection of the handling of the brush and the precision of the details de toilette, the finish of which is extraordinary (The original is in the King’s Museum)”.
The Holbein of Anne of Cleves in the Louvre had been wrongly described as being of Anne Boleyn (who Holbein never painted). It was in fact the famous portrait that Holbein made when he was sent to the Duchy of Cleves to paint Henry VIII’s prospective fourth wife. Henry famously was unimpressed on finally meeting Anne, they did marry but were divorced six months later yet remained close friends. The portrait was acquired by Louis XIV from the estate of the exiled Thomas Howard, Earl of Arundel (1585-1646).
Combining artistic and entrepreneurial skills Jaquotot became one of the best paid artists of the early 19th century. She was paid 20,000 francs for the partial reproduction of François Gérard’s ‘Corinne au Cape Misène’, while Gérard himself had only been paid 18,000 francs for the original (Harkett p.169). She worked directly for Napoleon and Charles X and was appointed ‘Premier peintre sur porcelain du Roi’ under Louis XVIII.
Thursday 30 June - Wednesday 6 July 2022