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PORTRAIT MINIATURE OF FRENCH ADMIRAL FRANCOIS JOSEPH PAUL DE GRASSE (1722-1788), WEARING THE EAGLE INSIGNIA OF THE SOCIETY OF THE CINCINNATI AS AN OFFICER WHO FOUGHT IN THE AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY WAR. PAINTED BY MONSIEUR GESLAIN (FRENCH, ACT. CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA, 1796, 1802).
Est. $6,000 - $9,000
SOLD: $18,000 ($15,000)

Of oval form, watercolor on ivory, 2 x 1 ¾ inches. Signed “Geslain fecit” c.l. In a brass bezel and wood frame, 4 ¼ x 3 ¼ inches. The reverse with an unidentified exhibition label.De Grasse came to the aid of the Continental Army in 1781, commanding the French fleet at the Battle of the Chesapeake directly leading to the surrender of the British at Yorktown.

Provenance: Descended in the family of Admiral de Grasse to his granddaughter, Caroline de Grasse de Pau Livingston; thence in the Livingston family of New York to Mrs. Johnston Livingston Redmond (1860-1916) and to her descendants.