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Marie-Claude Chaudonneret

(b Baccarat, Oct 31, 1763; d Epinal, Feb 11, 1832).

French painter. A pupil of Jean-François Durand (1731–after 1778) in Nancy and later of the miniature painter J.-B. Augustin in Paris (c. 1785–6), he began his career as a porcelain and miniature painter. In the latter capacity he exhibited in the Salon between 1791 and 1800, after which he gave up miniatures in favour of small genre paintings, which he exhibited regularly until 1831. In 1806 he received a Prix d’Encouragement and in 1808 a first-class medal. In 1804, when he showed Woman Playing the Lute (acquired by the Empress Josephine; now Arenenberg, Napoleonmus.), he was hailed by Vivant Denon as a painter of ‘very delicate and very distinguished talent’ and as worthy of comparison with Gerrit Dou, Willem van Mieris and Gerard ter Borch (ii) (Paris, Archv. N., AF. IV 1050). He was highly regarded by Josephine, who bought six paintings from him between 1804 and ...

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German, 18th – 19th century, male.

Born 12 October 1742, in Lintorf; died 13 June 1825, in Nymphenburg.

Sculptor, modeller, art critic, porcelain painter.

Johann Peter Melchior was the father of Heinrich Anton and Georg Wilhelm. In 1762, he went to France, and then returned to Koblenz, establishing himself first in the Palatinate and later in Nymphenburg. He was one of the most famous modellers and porcelain painters of his time....