"Portrait On Ivory Signed Edme Rousseau."Oval miniature on ivory featuring the bust of a young woman wearing a ruby dress bordered with an embroidered ribbon. The sleeves of the dress are slightly puffed, and its heart-shaped neckline reveals a patch of delicate lace. The girl’s hair is pulled back into a bun, and she is fair-skinned. She is set over a background composed of blue and red pointillist dots.
The gilt bronze, rectangular frame is embellished with laurels, flower garlands, ribbons, and bead motifs.
The miniature bears the monogram E.R. in red for Edme Rousseau. Edme Rousseau (1815-1858) was a miniaturist and student of Picot, Meuret, and JBJ Augustin. He displayed his work at the Paris Salon between 1833 and 1857. Several of his works are conserved in French national collections in Caen and Compiegne, and the Musée Vivenel, also in Compiegne, currently houses his portrait of his mother.
Miniature: 2.2 x 1.8 in (5.5 x 4.5 cm)
Frame: 4.5 x 3.5 in (11.5 cm x 8.5 cm)
Small damage at the bottom of the dress.
Bouchard, Nathalie Lemoine. Les peintres en miniature 1650-1850. Collection de l’Amateur, 2008.