Artist: Gabriel Paul GUILLOT (1850-1914). This portrait miniature is rather unique for his work, which usually is in larger format. The oldest auction result ever registered on ArtPrice for an artwork by this artist is a painting sold in 1998, at Christie's, which sold again in 2011 for $10,000, the highest figure I could find gained by Mr. Guillot's works which seem to range between $400-$1500 most generally. The most recent auction result is a painting sold in 2019. Final image is auction reference of his work. This miniature, as said, stands a bit unique among his works. I found no other miniatures by him, though surely some exist. The work is very much into Impressionist manner, a departure from his main body of work which, while varied, gains most attention for his Orientalist era subjects, harkening back to works by Messonier, etc., eclipsed by the Impressionist movement. Therefore, I can't tell if it's late in his artistic career and it is undated. Very free and vibrant, a confident brush shows in this one. And perhaps admiration for his subject. That she ended up either at auction or submitted to Salon, mounted on a silk velvet covered board, is intriguing. She's just in from Paris. I did not open her. I believe she is watercolor on card, not typical wafer. Lots of photos show how beautiful her likeness has been captured by Mr. Guillot.
Very good to excellent for age and type. Pre-1914, and likely somewhere nearer 1880, the little painting is exquisite. A small round wooden frame houses the miniature, protected under cover glass. No damage to note. Attached to the larger auction or Salon entry board, left exactly as she came. The artist has signed the painting, and is further identified on the back of the mounting board. The round frame could be relatively easily dislodged from that mount. Measurements are noted on the photos.
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