Extraordinary miniature portrait of Danish neo-classic sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen (ca. 1770 – 1844). The portrait is done after Horace Vernet's 1833 painting entitled "Thorvaldsen modelling the bust of Vernet". It depicts a mature Thordvaldsen, with a mane of white hair, wearing a white artist's smock, holding a sculptor's carving tool while leaning against a sculpting stand. Thordvalsen, the son a wood carver, was admitted to the Royal Danish Academy of Art at 11. He was later sent to Rome to continue his studies, achieved great success and stayed there almost 50 years. Thordvalsen is the only non-Italian artist to have had work commissioned by the Vatican. He is often compared to Antonio Canova (1757 – 1822), considered the greatest of neoclassical artists. The miniature is painted in shades of black, white and grey / grisaille on an oval porcelain plaque. It comes in its original gilt porcelain frame. Both plaque and frame are marked with the three lines and dot mark used by Danish Kongelig porcelain circa the 1810 - 1850 period. In very good used condition with minor wear to paint and restoration to frame. Shipped fully insured with tracking number.
Measurements: Frame: 5 1/2" by 4 3/4" (14 cm by 12 cm); Oval Porcelain Plaque: 3 1/8" by 2 1/2" (8 cm by 6.3 cm) approximately.