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Fernand Paillet (1850–1918) was a French figurine artist, miniature portraitist and jewelry designer. He painted many American socialites of the Gilded Age.

Early life

Fernand Paillet was born in 1850 in Niort, France.[1] He was trained by Albert-Ernest Carrier-Belleuse.[1]

Pendant designed by Paillet for Marcus & Co..

Paillet established a studio in Paris.[2] He became renowned for his figurines, made with ivory and ceramic.[1]

He painted portraits of American socialites of the Gilded Age,[3] including miniatures for the Peter Marié collection, now preserved by the New-York Historical Society. He did a miniature portrait of Edith Wharton.[4]

Paillet also designed jewelry.[5] A pendant he designed for Marcus & Co., a luxury jewelry retailer, is exhibited at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland.[6]


He died in 1918.[1]


Martin Wolpert, Jeffrey Winter, Modern Figurative Paintings: The Paris Connection, Atglen, Pennsylvania: Schiffer Publishing, 2004, p. 205
Gérard Aubisse, Les peintres des Charentes, du Poitou et de Vendée: XIXe-XXe siècles : dictionnaire et notices biographiques, 2001, p. 318
Barbara Dayer Gallati, Bucerius Kunst Forum, High society: American portraits of the Gilded Age : Bucerius Kunst Forum, Hamburg, June 7-Aug. 31, 2008, Hirmer, 2008, pp. 185-186
Laura Rattray, Edith Wharton in Context, Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2012, p. 212
Penny Prodrow, Diamonds: A Century of Spectacular Jewels, New York City: Harry N. Abrams Publishers, 1996, p. 39

Walters Art Museum: Watch Pendant Painting

External links

Works by or about Fernand Paillet at Internet Archive

Artist, France


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