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Pair large HST Joseph Vaudechamp portraits women quality carved frame

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Rare pair of large oils on canvas signed Joseph Vaudechamp* (dated 1843) representing the portrait of two beautiful young girls of quality, one wearing a richly embroidered green dress and a turban headdress and holding a pearl necklace; the other a black dress embellished with red ribbons and a veil of lace in the hair, in carved gilded wooden frames, from the 19th century.

These paintings are in good general condition as well as their frames. These are two real pendants made to be presented together, decorated with flowers and fruits (not identical but the decorations match each other).

One painting is signed at the top right, the other also dated 1843. On this date, Vaudechamp had returned from his travels in Louisiana (see biography below) and had since been commissioned by wealthy French families who had made their fortune to paint their portraits, symbols of their success and/or their wealth (such as the Marquis de la Moussaye in northern Brittany for example). We can therefore assume that these two young women belong to a rich noble family, perhaps Breton, from the quality of the painting and the richness and originality of their outfits. It is also very rare to have a pair of paintings by this artist.

A note: some small accidents and holes on the canvases (see red arrows), some small accidents and losses on the frames, wear of time, take a good look at the photos. A COMPLETE FILE OF PHOTOS WITH OTHER DETAILS CAN BE SENT ON REQUEST BY EMAIL.

* Jean-Joseph Vaudechamp (1790-1866):

enters the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris in the studio of Girodet-Trioson. He exhibited for the first time at the Salon of 1817 and continued his shipments until 1848. Married in 1924 to RM Fouquet, he had three children. In 1831, he embarked in Le Havre to join the United States he settled in New Orleans (USA) and residing in the "French Quarter" he spent many winters in the capital of Louisiana. The Creole people of Louisiana, close to French culture, favored him as the portrait painter of large landowners and state merchants. He returned regularly to France and his last stay in Louisiana dates from 1839. In Paris, at the Salon of 1842, he obtained a Medal of Third Class but was never recognized as an influential painter, the photography of portraits then taking a dominating place.
Some of these works can be found in public collections in the United States, in New Orleans (notably at the New Orleans Art Museum or The Historic New Orleans Collection; in France, in Langres (Denis Diderot House of Lights), at the New World Museum in La Rochelle, at the Museum of Art and History in Saint-Brieuc (Brittany).

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  • Cadre 122 cm x 101 cm
  • Huile 93 cm x 73 cm