Up for sale is this rare vintage antique 18/19C Chevalier d'Éon hand painted oval miniature portrait. Measuring 2 1/2" H and 1 7/8" wide with the gilt frame.
Part of a large collection. Charles-Geneviève-Louis-Auguste-André-Timothée d'Éon de Beaumont (5 October 1728 - 21 May 1810), usually known as the Chevalier d'Éon, was a French diplomat, spy, Freemason and soldier who fought in the Seven Years' War. D'Éon had androgynous physical characteristics and natural abilities as a mimic and a spy. D'Éon appeared publicly as a man and pursued masculine occupations for 49 years, although during that time d'Éon successfully infiltrated the court of Empress Elizabeth of Russia by presenting as a woman. For 33 years, from 1777, d'Éon dressed as a woman, identifying as female.
Doctors who examined d'Éon's body after death discovered "male organs in every respect perfectly formed", but also feminine characteristics. Please see photos as part of the description.Please check out our other listings! This item is in the category "Art\Paintings".
The seller is "vintagequalityantiques" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped worldwide.