A superb enamel on copper portrait miniature by Jean Andre Rouquet. The sitter, dressed in an embroidered red jacket, ia a royal personage, evidenced by the ermine trimmed robe or cloak on his lap.
The condition of the miniature is excellent, with bright colors, no cracks, and no restoration. The duller areas along the edges are due to the way the light reflects off the curved edges. The early 19th century ormolu frame also is in fine condition. Sight size of the painting is 2 1/4" by 1 7/8", while the overall framed size is 3" by 2 1/4".
BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE: Jean-Andre Rouquet (1701 - 1758) was born in Geneva and was trained as an enamel painter there, a city that had become an important center for enamelists. Following this, he was in Paris briefly before moving to London around 1722, becoming a close friend of William Hogarth. In 1745 he returned to Paris where his submissions to the 1753 Paris Salon were hailed as a sensation. In 1754 he was made a member of the Society of Painters and Sculptors, and was awarded an apartment in the Louvre. After becoming mentally ill, in 1758 he died after being taken to a hospital in Charenton.
Because the early work of Gervase Spencer closely resembles Rouquet's, he might have been influenced by him. Miniatures by Roquest are in the collections of many important European, British, and American museums.