These are the 4 children of Habert de Montmort Children, 1649 (oil on canvas) Creator: Champaigne, Philippe de (1602-74) These 2 framed miniatures are a pair of miniatures, painted mid-1800s "apres" or after the major works by J. de Champaigne, of the 4 children of Henri Louis Habert de Montmor (c. 1600, Paris - 21 January 1679, Paris) was a French scholar and man of letters. The children are paired, 2 girls in one and 2 sons in the other, and likely these were mounted in a larger frame with portraits also of the parents or at least of the father, M. de Montmor. They are painted on celluloid (you can tell by how the paint looks on the surface, does not have a porous surface to soak into even the slightest. Early celluloid, of course, and that puts them mid-1800s. Consistent with the frames they are mounted in. Portrait miniatures of children are always hardest to find, and this pair are most charming. old as a pair. We don't want to separate the family. These are the type painted "apres" more famous works that hung in museums and which were done for the Grand Tour tourist trade. These are signed simply "G.G.". MORE about the family (re Wikipedia): Cousin to Philippe Habert and Germain Habert, he became conseiller du roi aged 25, then in 1632 rose to become matre des requetes, a post he gained thanks to the fortune of his father, treasurer extraordinary for war and treasurer of savings. He married Henriette-Marie de Buade, sister of Louis de Buade de Frontenac, future governor of New France. He attended on Marie de Gournay and wrote Latin epigrams. In 1634, he was elected an inaugural member of the Acadamie francaise, pronouncing its fifth discourse but soon becoming a dissenting member as well as its last inaugural member to die. An avid supporter of Descartes, Habert wrote a poem on Cartesian physics entitled De rerum naturae and collected scientific instruments. He was a friend of Mersenne, who dedicated his Harmonie Universelle to Montmor, and a great friend of Pierre Gassendi, who dedicated to him his Life of Tycho Brahe. Gassendi also left him an astronomical telescope he had been left by Galileo. Three years after Gassendi's death, Habert edited his complete works in 6 volumes, writing its Latin preface. Measurement: 3" diameters and .25" thick, each of the 2.
Very good condition throughout, with a tiny nod to a scratch on the painting of the daughters. Otherwise, excellent. They are without warp and the old frames show age and patina with a bright surface to the front, a higher gold alloy, but brass is the metal. Cover glass is original on both and neither one is chipped or cracked, no loss to the 3" diameter frames. Charming!
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