Juliette De Lavoye Portrait Miniature
Original early 1900's portrait miniature on ivory from the estate of Lieutenant General Robert Moncel. Moncel was from a wealthy Montreal family and later became the youngest general in the Canadian army when promoted to Brigadier at the age of 27 during WWII. He later retired to Murder Point in the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia. Moncel retired in 1966, around the same time Lavoye was completing her now-famous miniature portraits of the fathers of Confederation.
This small portrait on ivory is signed lower right and likely depicts an ancestor of the general's, possibly mother or grandmother. The frame looks to be original. There are several chips to the convex glass. This is a rare opportunity to own a work by Canada's most well-known portrait artist.
Excerpt from the Parliament of Canada's website: "Born in 1903, Juliette De Lavoye honed her craft over many years, and in 1953 became the first Canadian to be admitted to the Royal Society of Miniature Painters, Sculptors and Gravers in London, England...The artist found it necessary to travel to Europe to obtain the necessary materials for the commissioned work. The ivory on which the portraits are painted and the velvet for the frames came from Paris, the watercolour paints were from England, and a bird feather used for the finer details came from Poland.
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