"Astonishing 18th Century Miniature"
This amazing 18th century oval miniature painted in gouache on ivory is in its carved gilded wood frame. Three-quarters of a young woman is represented bust with abundant blond hair surmounted by a large red bow from which emerge tricolor feathers: blue-white-red. She is dressed in a green dress edged in red; this slightly military-looking outfit is however feminized by a large fine lace collar. She stands very erect and her gaze is determined. It may be that the person represented is Madame Roland who made herself known at the time of the revolution; she regularly held Salons in Paris in which she conveyed the revolutionary ideas of Voltaire and Rousseau in particular. ; she was a convinced Girondine. A small paper attached to the miniature read: "Madame Roland" In any case, this hypothesis is quite defensible; she would explain the tricolor outfit, to say the least, astonishing in which the young woman is represented. Madame Roland had a tragic end when she was guillotined in 1793 for conspiring against the Republic. This pretty miniature is of particular historical interest insofar as the outfit in which the young woman is represented evokes an essential moment in our national history. Good condition of the miniature; the frame despite the few slits remains very beautiful. Frame: 15x10cm Miniature: 9 x 6.5cm.