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The Morning Conversation
  • Niclas Lafrensen (1737 - 1807)
  • The Morning Conversation
  • France
  • c. 1780
  • Miniature
  • Gouache on ivory
  • Diameter: 6.9 cm
    Frame size: 8.1 x 8.1 cm
    Overall size: 8.5 x 8.1 cm, with hook
  • M260
  • Boudoir Cabinet
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  • Miniatures accorded perfectly with the eighteenth-century French love of the intimate, the gallant and the bijou, leading to an expansion of the type of subjects treated. Lafrensen specialized in exquisitely painted miniature gallant and erotic scenes like this vision of two semi-clad beauties chatting during their morning ablutions. The artist pays great attention to the fashionable paraphernalia of dress and interior, adding a frisson of voyeuristic excitement with the vision of the girl using a chamber pot. Expressly intended for the private delectation of the connoisseur, such images were often popularized to a wider audience through prints.