According to the previous owner of this portrait, an elderly Parisian collector (who in his turn acquired this piece in the 1950s from the heirs of a French diplomat of the beginning of the 20th century), this superb quality enamel miniature is a portrait of the famous Salih Münir Pasha, Turkish Ambassador in Paris before World War I, later Turkish Minister of Protocol. This work by the well-known Parisian enamelist, Swiss-born artist Gabriel Dufaux is a very important and extremely rare find at the current art market. Gabriel Dufaux (1879 Geneva - 1938 Paris) was a member of a famous Swiss family of enamel painters.
He began his art studies in Geneva, where until 1900 he studied landscape painting under Barthelemy Bodmer and Pierre Pignolat at the local "Ecole des Beaux-Arts". Parallely he visited "Ecole des Arts Industrieles", where he studied enamel painting under Henri Le Grand-Roy. For a few years he was active as enamelist (worked chiefly for industry), then settled in Paris in 1910 where he was a very successful portrait miniaturist working in enamel technique and landscapist (oil painting).Condition: good; in original bronze frame. Measurements: UNFRAMED: 13,0x10,0cm/5,1x3,9in FRAMED: 15,7x12,7cm/6,2x5,0in.
Technique: enamel painting on metal. Signed on verso: Gabriel Dufaux 10 rue de la Paix 10 Paris. 1879 Geneva - 1938 Paris. PLEASE NOTE: We are NOT professional packers!